Transportation of mineral sediment from Carpinteria debris basins to the City Beach at Ash Avenue has begun. Santa Barbara County Flood Control’s (SBCFC) clearing of the Carpinteria Valley Watershed Debris Basins is critical in order to restore capacity and functionality. The rocks, gravel and sand being transported would naturally flow down the creeks to the beaches without the benefit of the basin. While the debris basins help to reduce floods, they also intercept sediment important to maintaining the beach and protecting properties near it. We apologize for any inconveniences the operation may bring, and we are working to mitigate impacts to residents. Street sweepers are cleaning roadways, and special efforts are being made to reduce leaking from trucks transporting sediment.