The Santa Barbara County Public Works Department is moving forward with multiple projects to improve flood control in Montecito.
The projects include improving three debris basins, facilitating debris control net installation, and constructing a new debris basin near Randall Road.
The debris basin projects include Cold Springs, San Ysidro and Romero Creek. These outlet control structures will be designed to withstand large debris loads, to help move sediment downstream, and to restore steelhead trout habitat.
The Board of Supervisors also approved funding to finish the installation of debris nets. Some have already been installed but there are still two more that need to be installed in San Ysidro and Buena Vista Creeks.
First District Supervisor Das Williams says, "I brought this issue to the County Executive Office and the Public Works Department because of the protection this project will provide to the community and infrastructure below the mountains. These efforts are the beginning of a large effort by the County, working with local non-profits, to improve safety and flood control capacity."
For further details on the Santa Barbara flood control projects, visit this website.