The Partnership for Resilient Communities is a nonprofit organization focused on safety and resiliency in support of and to augment public sector efforts in Santa Barbara County. We are local residents compelled to act after the tragic Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow in Montecito. The risk of debris flows remains high. We have an opportunity to act on warnings and scientific data with current technologies to reduce this risk.
Nets are being installed in the hills above Montecito!
Crews are working hard to install four to six nets in San Ysidro, Buena Vista, and Cold Springs Canyons. After successful anchor tests, helicopters have been moving thousands of pounds of equipment and supplies from a staging area to the installation sites. Anchors are being drilled on each side of the creek bed and cables are being stretched across the channel, followed by installation of ring nets across the cables. The construction is being closely monitored by a supervising biologist, geologist, and a geo-tech engineer to ensure that the environmental conditions of our permits and authorizations from the multiple governmental agencies are carefully maintained.
Our remaining challenge to complete our funding needs of $900,000 to install ALL six nets now! We are completely funded for the installation of the first four nets but our goal is to install all six nets, while the crews are here and mobilized. This would provide maximum protection to our community in the most cost-effective way.
photos by Christy Gutzeit and Paul Wellman, April-May 2019
We are Still at Risk
Over the next 5 YEARS, our community is at risk for additional debris flows. Revegetation has been sparse and drought remains. Weather experts predict El Niño conditions this fall and winter, bringing higher than average rainfall and intensity. Field and aerial studies by geologists pinpoint more debris, boulders and risk in our hills.
What We Can We Do Now
We cannot prevent rain, flood and debris flow. But we CAN leverage best practices from around the world to reduce the impact of the next debris flow. We have worked closely with our public agencies to activate private, non-profit and government funding to get more done, faster.