Regulatory Obstacles to Emergency Response, A Case Study of the Paint Fire, June 1990, Santa Barbara, 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

Abstract: After the Paint Fire of 1990, the Santa Barbara County Flood Control and Water Conservation District took several measures to prevent damage due to mudslides and floods from the burned watersheds. The activities were hampered by the permit requirements of the California Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The author recommends a change in the definition of emergency so that protective measures can be taken on the basis of probability of flooding or forecasts of storms.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Fires | Water conservation | Water pollution | Water resources | Floods | Emergency management | Watersheds | Landslides | North America | California | United States

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