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900,000 pounds of trash removed from riverbed in Lompoc, city says

Posted at 2:40 PM, Jan 22, 2019

The City of Lompoc says it has removed more than 900,000 pounds of trash from the Santa Ynez Riverbed since the homeless who were living there were evicted last September.

The city says it also disposed of nearly 500 pounds of human waste, removed 57 quarts of sharps, and destroyed seven structures.

The cost of the cleanup is estimated at $422,787.

In August, the city issued eviction notices to dozens of people who were living in the riverbed. September 10 was the deadline to move out. At that time, the city opened up a triage center at River Park to provide services and temporary shelter for the homeless.

The triage center was operational for 30 days. During that time, the city said it served a total of 69 people.

In addition to the cleanup, city officials say work has been completed on a riverbank stabilization project along Riverside Dr. to shift the flow of the river away from its western bank and back into the central channel, thereby reducing erosion along the roadway.