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Unformatted text preview: Executive Summary 3299 Goleta Beach FEIR 4/22/2008 ES-1 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has been prepared to document the development of a Long-term Protection Plan (Plan) for the Goleta Beach County Park (Park). The purpose of this Plan is to protect the uses and resources of the Park. The Plan would be sustainable over more than 20 years, taking into account long-term environmental change. This Plan is needed because erosion associated with major storm events currently threatens the Park and its infrastructure. This EIR focuses on analyzing the impacts of two proposed plans, the Beach Stabilization/Permeable Pile Pier Plan and the Managed Retreat Plan. These two plans are analyzed in equal detail as co-equal projects. This EIR focuses primarily on the changes in the environment that could occur as a result of all phases of each of the co- equal projects, including planning, implementing, and monitoring the changes. This EIR addresses both the site-specific and cumulative impacts of the proposed Projects. Further, it identifies recommended potentially feasible mitigation measures that could be incorporated into the Project so as to reduce or eliminate adverse environmental effects. Goleta Beach County Park is a 29-acre County Park located in the unincorporated area of Goleta in Santa Barbara County (County), California. The Park is approximately 1.2 miles south of the City of Goleta and includes 4,200 feet (ft) of beach frontage along Goleta Bay. Goleta Beach is surrounded by the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) to the west; Clarence Ward Memorial Boulevard to the northwest, which separates the Park from Santa Barbara Airport and Goleta Slough (Slough); the outflow channel of Goleta Slough and its confluence with Atascadero, San Pedro, and San Jose Creeks to the north; Southern California Gas Company natural gas generation and storage facility to the north and east; and the Pacific Ocean (Goleta Bay) to the south. The Park is the most heavily used of the 23 County Parks, with over one million visitors per year. The Park includes a 1,500 ft pier, restaurant, snack bar, three sets of restrooms, picnic and barbeque facilities, play equipment, parking, ranger residences and maintenance area, and a large turf area. About 500 ft east of Goleta Pier is the inlet to Goleta Slough, a 400-acre lagoon and marsh complex. In the late 1990s through 2003, several major storms eroded the beach at the Park, resulting in the loss of turf and other park amenities. Emergency rock revetments were placed along the beach to protect the park. The California Coastal Commission (CCC) granted approval of the emergency rocks for a 30-month period to allow the County to complete a master planning process to develop a long-term protection plan for the Park. This approval also required that soft approaches to shoreline protection from erosion be studied. The County must submit a permit application to the Coastal Commission for a long term project...
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