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Sheriff’s Office seeks grant funding for ATV Riverbed Enforcement

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says it is seeking grant funding to provide increased patrolling and enforcement in areas where illegal off-road vehicles are being used.

The Sheriff’s Office has seen a sharp rise in the number of complaints from residents reporting individuals on ATV’s, particularly in the Santa Ynez riverbed and surrounding areas bordering Lompoc, that are damaging private property and the environment.

Additionally, these individuals are violating a number of state and county ordinances according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office submitted an application to the State of California Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Vehicle grant program on March 4. This is the third year the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has applied for the grant.

“As part of the multi-step application process, there is an opportunity for public comment and feedback before the final application is due on May 1, 2017,” said the Sheriff’s Office in a statement. “Starting today, March 7, 2017 until April 3, 2017, the public can view the on-line grant application and submit comments.”

To view the application, go to the California State OHV Grants and Cooperative Agreements program at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov. To make public comments on the application, click on “GRANTS” and then on “On Line Grants Application (OLGA).” Then follow the directions on the menu bar on the left side of the screen.

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