State parks spending $1 million to fence Oceano dunes
March 20, 2014
California state parks is spending $1 million to erect 15 acres of fences in the Oceano dunes off-road vehicles area to slow the flow of dust into nearby residences. [KEYT]
For several years, state parks has battled the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District over regulating dust that blows out of the dunes riding area. In 2011, the air district passed the dust rule, which would fine state parks $1,000 a day if it does not reduce the amount of dust blowing onto the Nipomo Mesa. California Attorney General Kamala Harris is currently suing the air district over the regulation.
State parks plans to keep the fences up until July. Spring is the windiest season of the year, and air pollution tends to increase during the season.
Over the past couple months, state parks brought in international desert and dune scientists to help design the fences.
State parks also plans to install air and wind monitors to track the progress of the design.