Thursday, May 24 , 2018, 9:02 pm | Overcast 58º


Dumping Mudslide Debris in Creeks Illegal and Dangerous

It is illegal to dump debris, mud, rocks or other material from the Jan. 9 debris flow into creek beds and storm drains. Dumping into creeks can cause significant flooding and debris flow hazards during future storms.

“Unfortunately, we have learned of a few instances of residents pushing mud into creek channels that were cleared following the Jan. 9 debris flow,” said Rob Lewin, director for the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management.

“We are working daily to find new debris disposal options and encourage the public to check for options,” he said.

Improper waste disposal violates several state and county laws and ordinances. Individuals, including property owners and contractors, are subject to penalties and fines if found illegally dumping.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Code enforcement officers are present in the impacted neighborhoods to monitor illegal activity. To report illegal dumping, contact the California Department of Fish and Wildlife CalTIP, 888-334-2258.

Property owners wanting to restore their properties to pre-storm conditions should refer to Mud Debris Clean-Up Guidelines at  before starting clean-up work to identify local permitted haulers, facilities that can accept the debris, and what to do if hazardous materials are encountered.

— Santa Barbara County Joint Information Center.


Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Supporter

Enter your email
Select your membership level

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >