Regulatory Constraints on Vegetation Control in Channels, A Case Study of the Santa Ynez River, Santa Barbara County, California

by Rudolf E. Ohlemutz, Santa Barbara County Flood Control, and Water Conservation District, Santa Barbara, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


The Santa Barbara County Flood Control and Water Conservation District has encountered difficulties in obtaining permits from state and federal agencies for vegetation control activities to maintain the capacity of the Santa Ynez River west of Lompoc, California. The agencies are the California Department of Fish and Game, which derives its authority from the state Fish and Game Code, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which enforces Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which has a critical role in the enforcement of the Endangered Species Act. This paper is not a comprehensive review of state and federal legislation with respect to vegetation control.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Water pollution | Water conservation | Federal government | Vegetation | Flow control | River flow | Water flow | California | United States

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