Skip to Content

Santa Barbara County Supervisors approve multi-million dollar plan to restore lower Santa Maria River near Guadalupe

Unanimous vote followed dozens of public comments seeking support for emergency project
Keith Carls / KEYT
Unanimous vote followed dozens of public comments seeking support for emergency project

SANTA MARIA, Calif. – A unanimous Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors has voted to approve an emergency restoration project for the lower Santa Maria River near Guadalupe.

The massive construction project, which could cost up to $8 million, is expected to take months to complete and will re-direct the river's water flow away from the City of Guadalupe.

Heavy rains in the past year saw the lower reaches of the Santa Maria River burst its banks flooding homes in Guadalupe, surrounding farm fields and force the closure of public access to the Guadalupe Dunes County Park.

Santa Barbara County Public Works says the short-term emergency work in the riverbed needs to begin as soon as possible before the arrival of anticipated and forecasted El Nino rains later this year.

Long-term solutions to the flooding threat from the Santa Maria River remain unresolved.

Santa Barbara County says it will seek funding reimbursement from federal government agencies as well as the California Office of Emergency Services or CAL-OES.

Article Topic Follows: Santa Maria - Lompoc - North County

Jump to comments ↓

Author Profile Photo

Keith Carls

Keith Carls is a reporter at News Channel 3-12. To learn more about Keith, click here.


News Channel 3-12 is committed to providing a forum for civil and constructive conversation.

Please keep your comments respectful and relevant. You can review our Community Guidelines by clicking here

If you would like to share a story idea, please submit it here.

Skip to content