This holiday season, the County Public Works Department's Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division would like to remind the public that in most communities across the County, recycling batteries can be done without leaving your house.

Ortega Ridge Road was closed today near the 300 block due to settlement of the road. Cracks developed in the roadway and traffic is being held off the road as a precaution.

In celebration of America Recycles Day on November 15, the Santa Barbara County Public Works Department encourages community members to increase their recycling efforts by visiting www.LessIsMore.org, the region's ultimate recycling and waste reduction resource.

The California State Transportation Agency is looking for 5,000 volunteers for its California Road Charge Pilot Program. Volunteers will help the State evaluate options that could potentially replace the current gas tax.

If you're tired of seeing old paint cans in the garage or that old jug of used motor oil in the back shed, bring them to an upcoming household hazardous waste collection event.

Today, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted to join over 130 other communities across California by enacting a ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery stores, liquor stores, and pharmacies.

Jalama Road will be closed between 10 PM and 6AM on Jalama Road at milepost 8.8 on the nights of August 24, 25, and 26 ending at 6 AM on August 27.

In response to the continued drought affecting the Santa Ynez Watershed and the rest of California, the Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District and the Santa Barbara County Water Agency would like the public to be aware that water will soon be released into the Santa Ynez River from Lake Cachuma's Bradbury Dam.

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors has awarded the Construction of Countywide Overlay and Stress Absorbing Membrane Interlayer (SAMI) to CalPortland Construction for just over $3.5 million.

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors has awarded the Construction of Countywide Overlay and Stress Absorbing Membrane Interlayer (SAMI) to CalPortland Construction for just over $3.5 million.

The County of Santa Barbara Public Works Department has awarded the Santa Ynez / Solvang Bike Path for $143,198.00 to Granite Construction Company.

At its May 5th meeting, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors recognized the continuing drought emergency in California with a resolution proclaiming May 2015 as Water Awareness Month.

County-wide contest demonstrates many options for saving water

Countywide Preventive Maintenance Application of Scrub Seal and Micro-Surfacing is scheduled to begin in the North County starting on April 29 and will be in the South County starting on May 6.

The Santa Barbara County Water Agency is announcing a series of four Water Wise Landscaping Workshops that will be held between May 16 and June 6, 2015.

The Santa Barbara County Public Works Department, Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division (RRWMD), offers free programs to help households divert the yard and food waste they generate from being thrown into the trash.

Santa Barbara County Public Works Department received the Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Award for the Hollister Avenue Cold In-Place Pavement Recycle Project. The County Engineers Association of California (CEAC), the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) and the League of California Cities presented the award at the annual spring meeting in Newport Beach.

With spring upon us, it's time to get serious about cleaning up around the house. Tired of seeing those old paint cans in the garage or old jugs of used motor oil in the back shed? Bring them to Santa Barbara County's next Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection Event on Sunday, April 12 at the Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station, located at 4004 Foxen Canyon Road in Los Olivos.

The Santa Barbara County Water Agency is announcing that voting is underway for a "People's Choice Award" for the annual 2015 Water Wise High School Video Contest. The public is invited to view all fifteen of the 30-second videos submitted.

To improve access and safety from Santa Barbara to the Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara County and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will repave 6.5 miles of Gibraltar Road. Due to the narrow width of the road, the pavement removal, and the difficulty of paving the vertical grades and horizontal curves, the road will be closed from April 13 through May 22 during construction.