Residents of the Santa Ynez and Lompoc Valleys may see an unusual sight in the skies this November: a low-flying helicopter carrying a large hexagonal frame. This unique equipment is part of a project to map aquifers and improve our understanding of groundwater in the area.

The Santa Barbara County Water Agency is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the 22nd Annual WaterWise High School Video Contest.

County Breaks Ground on Laguna County Sanitation District Upgrade Construction started this month on the first phase of the $53 million Laguna County Sanitation District (District) upgrade project.

Oct. 17-24, 2020 is California Flood Preparedness Week. California experiences many types of flooding: alluvial fan, debris flow, riverine, coastal, tsunami, flash and localized floods.

Tired of seeing old paint cans in the garage or that old jug of used motor oil in the back shed? Have recent stay-at-home orders inspired you to declutter? Bring your hazardous and electronic waste to an upcoming household hazardous waste collection event near you.

The 2020 WaterWise Garden Recognition Contest launched this spring to recognize beautiful, water-efficient residential gardens throughout Santa Barbara County.

Santa Barbara County is pleased to announce that it received a $475,000 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Award from Caltrans. This grant, along with over $60,000 in County matching money funding, will fund development of the County's Active Transportation Plan (ATP).

The Santa Barbara County Public Works Department received top honors in the 2020 Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Project Awards. The awards program - sponsored by The League of California Cities, the County Engineers Association of California, and the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) - recognizes cities and counties in California for creative and cost-effective projects that improve local streets, roads and bridges.

Construction will begin this month on additional repairs to roads and bridges affected by the Thomas Fire and the 1/9 Debris Flow. The projects include the repair of 28 lane miles of road and the construction of a temporary bridge at the Cold Springs Trailhead.

The Santa Barbara County Water Agency is pleased to announce the winners of the 21st Annual WaterWise High School Video Contest. In total, 28 students from five schools throughout the county submitted 10 videos.

Santa Barbara County, California Public Works Director Scott McGolpin was installed as President of the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) at their annual business meeting held via teleconference on April 22.

Roads at Clark Avenue and Highway 101 to close periodically

Due to an increase in debris basin material this past weekend from below the Thomas and Cave Fire burn areas, the Santa Barbara County Flood Control District (District) will resume beach deposit operations at Goleta Beach County Park.

Polls Are Open to vote for your favorite high school videos for the "People's Choice Award"

Following the recent storms that brought additional sediment to the San Antonio Debris Basin, Santa Barbara County Public Works (Public Works) will begin to take this material to Goleta Beach County Park as soon as Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

Due to recent rainfall and the increased chance of future storms, Santa Barbara County Public Works (Public Works) will begin sediment deposit operations at Goleta Beach.

Construction on the Ashley Road Bridge is complete, and the road is now open to traffic. The $1.8 million bridge connects East Mountain Road to Sycamore Canyon Road and provides essential access to Montecito Fire Department Station #2 and Cold Springs School. Residents, government officials, and local partners gathered on Thursday morning at the bridge to celebrate the project.

The WaterWise Garden Recognition Contest is being launched to promote attractive and water efficient gardens in the County. The Santa Barbara County Water Agency and participating local water providers encourage residents to apply for the contest online to compete for an agency award and the countywide grand prize.