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Cleanup continues in Santa Ynez Riverbed

Posted at 10:01 PM, Dec 06, 2018

The cleanup continues at the Santa Ynez Riverbed in Lompoc.

Lompoc Police Chief Pat Walsh shared photos Thursday, showing the progress crews are making.

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Lompoc Police Department


“It is beginning to look beautiful. Grateful for all those who have worked so hard to regain our river,” Walsh said in the post.

The photos show cleanup crews putting trash into dumpsters in the riverbed.

Homeless people were evicted from the riverbed earlier this year, and a temporary triage center was set up to help them. It was open for one month. After its closure, police made a number of arrests for trespassing in the riverbed.

riverbed cleanup
Lompoc Police Department


Crews have been clearing the area to restore it to its natural state. The city declared a state of emergency for the cleanup earlier this year, saying it could cost more than $500,000.