Recommended Solutions

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Every $1 spent on hazard mitigation can save the nation $6 in future disaster costs, based on 23 years of federally funded mitigation grants provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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    Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves
 2017 Interim Report

Install Steel Wire Ring Nets

Collaborate with Public Works, Planning and Development, USFS, private land owners to install ring nets in five key canyons

  • Utilize Swiss Geobrugg net systems to protect against rockfall, landslides and debris flow
  • Map out of locations and facilitate permitting for highest impact in each Canyon, protecting areas without debris basins and supporting those areas with debris basin

Enhance Monitoring and Warning


Use existing and new rain gauges; seismic, saturation, and movement monitors; and cameras in five key canyons

  • Provide real time data of movement within hills to inform first responders of crisis points

  • Provide more accurate predictions on impact of future rain events to guide warning/evacuation directives
  • Integrate data within UCSB Bren School and Cal Tech for analysis

Accelerate Regrowth


Implement measures consistent with Governor's and Cal-Fire Mandate on firebreak regrowth

  • Vegetation can hold the mountain together but was stripped from the mountains by debris flow

  • Due to draught, vegetation regrowth is lagging

  • Water is key - how can we irrigate the hills?

    • Drip lines

    • Better water capture

    • Innovative pilot programs for water harvest

    • Fog harvesting nets                      

Manage Flow and Drainage

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Stop the debris before it causes choke points

  • Improve debris basin infrastructure and drainage maintenance to the beach