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County Concludes Debris Basin Clearing & Sediment Placement

Santa Barbara County Flood Control has concluded the critical clearing of the Carpinteria watershed debris basins and transport of high-quality sediment to Carpinteria City Beach. Since the operation began on Jan. 17, approximately 43,000 cubic yards of material have been removed from Santa Monica Basin, Gobernador Basin, Arroyo Paredon Basin, Toro Basin, Franklin Channel, and Santa Monica Channel. Additional work to re-grade and groom the Ash Avenue beach area will take place over the next 1-2 weeks, depending on access allowed by tides.

To ensure that only natural, quality sediment material was deposited at the beach, frequent testing was conducted by Fugro West Inc, Laboratory and FGL Environmental. Water quality was also tested throughout the operation by the Water Resources Division of the Santa Barbara County Public Works Department and the Santa Barbara County Environmental Health Services Ocean Monitoring Program. Test results indicated that all materials were environmentally safe for beach deposits.