Agriculture or Industry? Greenhouse Development in Carpinteria, California

by Jolie Welch,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


During the past decade, Santa Barbara County, California has witnessed the rapid conversion of orchard and open field agriculture in the Carpinteria Valley to large commercial greenhouse operations. There are many areas of concern related to these developments on Carpinteria's narrow coastal plain, and the County Resource Management prepared a Master Environmental Assessment to address these issues. This paper summarizes the Assessment, which discusses the biological degredation of the Carpinteria Marsh, contamination of surface and ground water, and aesthetic considerations. There is listing of mitigation measures which are now required of all new greenhouse projects, as well as a delineation of additional analysis needed to fully address the cumulative impacts of greenhouse development in the Carpinteria Valley.

Subject Headings: Agriculture | Industries | Resource management | Groundwater pollution | Agricultural wastes | Water pollution | Groundwater quality | Coastal plains | California | United States

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