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Community Relations Manager/Public Information Officer
City of Lompoc
100 Civic Center Plaza
Lompoc, CA 93436
Office: (805) 875-8278
Cell: (805) 757-3924
Santa Ynez Riverbed Cleanup Progress
Substantial progress made in 2018 towards cleaning up the Santa Ynez Riverbed
LOMPOC, CA, Jan. 22, 2019 – The City of Lompoc is pleased to share some hallmarks of the progress the city has made this past year towards cleaning up the Santa Ynez Riverbed. Among the city’s accomplishments on the Santa Ynez River and within the city’s primary drinking water recharge area are:
• Removal of 462.31 tons or 924,620 pounds of trash and refuse which had been released for disposal by riverbed occupants.
• Sanitation and disposal of 499 pounds of human waste.
• Removal of 57 quarts of collected sharps waste in containers.
• Removal of 5 truckloads of tarps and destruction of 7 structures.
• Eviction of riverbed occupants, with triage services offered and accepted.
The cost to the city so far of the riverbed cleanup and management is estimated at $422,787.
In addition, the city completed construction of a multi-year riverbank stabilization project along Riverside Drive to shift river flows away from the western bank of the river and back into the central channel, reducing undercutting and erosion of the riverbank along the roadway.
These projects, completed during the summer and fall of 2018 ahead of the recent rains, have clear benefits to the City of Lompoc and the community.
These benefits include:
• Removal of infectious waste that could pollute the city’s primary drinking water source.
• Removal of trash and refuse carrying pollutants and metals that could be carried through infiltration into the groundwater.
• Removing inhabitants of the riverbed reducing the potential need for swift water rescues.
• Placement of pilings and vegetation to reinforce the western bank of the riverbed, protecting the bike path, street and homes beyond.