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 have completed installation of four nets in San Ysidro, Buena Vista, and Cold Springs Canyons. After successful anchor tests, helicopters moved thousands of pounds of equipment and supplies from a staging area to the installation sites. Anchors were drilled on each side of the creek bed and cables were stretched across the channel, followed by installation of ring nets across the cables. The construction was 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: we need $450,000 more to install the two remaining permitted nets in Hot Springs and Romero Canyons.
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 season, 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.