Rains may come and rains may go, but when the next rains come, the only thing going will be the new bike/walking path along the Santa Ynez River.
During the last rainy season, a sizeable chunk of land eroded — five-plus acres — at the bend. If this bluff is washed away during the next rains, it won’t only take out the path, it will be heading directly into the new River Bend Park, taking out the soccer and baseball fields that were just completed in the last few years.
As noted in the Lompoc Record, the Santa Ynez River has drastically changed its course since the late 1960s. In 1967, I was one of the two dozer operators who cut a clear channel from Robinson Bridge, East Ocean Avenue, to the North H Street bridge.
In 1969, we had heavy rain for several days at a time, plus, the screwup of flood control opening the dam flood gates, which caused a flood, during which there was very little erosion along this cleared channel. This simple, preventative measure saved many acres of land and homes along this stretch of river.
This simple project could and should be done ASAP. The city is trying to say it would cost around $100,000 or more to accomplish. Well, up steps a local company — Coastal Earth Movers — who says it can do the project, as oted, for $20,000. I don’t know where the city got its figures, but this is a lot of change. Plus, the city has its own dozers at the city dump.
The old adage comes to mind, “An once of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It’s time to tell Fish & Game this is an emergency, and just do it.