Update March 24th, 2017
There have been significant developments at Goleta Beach Park (GBP) this winter season, lets call it the good, the bad, and the ugly. This years winter storms started around the second week of Feb and as we know, has produced some major erosion along our Santa Barbara Channel coastline.
The good is that the rock revetment that has existed on the westside of the Park has more than been equal in protecting landward assets (parking lots, park and recreational assets).
The bad is that the geo-textile cells installed in the midsection of the Park collapsed and are proving not as effective as hoped. We give the County credit for piloting this proctive measure but the current design and construction is now recognized as not being a permanent solution. County Staff has already removed and installed a new rock revetment in place of the surf facing cells under a emergency permit.
The ugly is the unprotected areas along the westside of GBP that significantely saw erosion (park, parking lots, Goleta Sanitary vault, pier). Again County staff and their contractors have installed additional rock revetment for a complete protection along the entire coastline of GBP. Though these measures are being processed under an emergency permit, the County will submit both emvergency and we believe a permanent Coast Development Permit to the Calif Coastal Commission (CCC) by May of 2017. Tentatively, the first Supervisors hearing of these permits is April 4th, 2017.
We applaud County Staff for the expeditious nature of these efforts and fully support the new improvements that will ensure protection for the 1.4 million visitations annually for years to come.
While debate will cointinue in understanding causation(s) for the erosion being experienced along our coastline. One discriminator that gets unreported is the loss of sediment all along our county coastline. Once Bradbury Dam was constructed for Lake Cahuma the unintended consequence was that the hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of sand and sediment that used to flow out through Lompoc's Surf Beach no longer generates that same quanity of sand buffer required for coastline protection. GBP alone is estimated in being deprived of 80,000+ cubic yards of natural sand deposits that otherwise would be a major component in the protection (and enjoyment) of this coastal zone. However through the County Beach Norishment Program and a private kelp restoration project underway, GBP has the ability the continue to thrive and exists for generations to come.
One final thought, the County is in a planning process to better document the highest priorities of recreational requirements of GBP and could use more public input. If you have interest in providing your thoughts, please input into our Comments Section or e-mail to Ed de la Torre at [email protected].
Please read the Blog for the letter Friends sent to the CCC supporting the County's position dated May 26th, 2016. We also encourage all supporters of Goleta Beach Park, to send letters of support for keeping these protection measures at our Park so that all future generations can experience the benefits of this County facility
You can also visit our Facebook page for the most up to date information on who's now supporting this position. Go to: facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Goleta-Beach-Park/508361302538709.
Michael Rattray & Ed de la Torre
To Contact the Third District Supervisor, here is the Surpervisor's information:
Janet Wolf 2nd District 805.568.2191