Battle over air quality and the dunes headed to the Board of Supervisors

July 28, 2010

San Luis Obispo County moves forward with plans to improve air quality on the Nipomo mesa by approving an agreement with the State Parks earlier today. [KSBY]

The agreement creates a technical committee and a management oversight committee. Both are tasked with developing strategies and policy for addressing air particulate matter in the Nipomo Mesa.

The agreement includes developing and implementing pilot projects and working with other state agencies which can provide technical expertise.

Proponents of the agreement contend that vehicles on the dunes create air quality problems that affect the health of residents in the area.

Critics contend the sand dunes exist without the vehicles and that the agreement does not allow for public participation.

“Of concern is that the TAC and MOC committees are both ‘deemed an ad-hoc committee under this MOA and shall not be subject to the requirements of the Brown Act ’ open meeting laws,” said Kevin Rice, a resident of San Luis Obispo County.

The County Board of Supervisors needs to approve the agreement. The issue is on next week’s agenda.

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Stop the destruction of the dunes!! I hope the committee can prove that the vehicles are not only increasing pollution and decreasing the health and quality of life of Pismo, Grover, AG, Oceano, and Nipomo citizens, but that they’re also damaging the environment and hurting the species of plants and animals that make the dunes their home. Part of what’s so great about this area is the beauty of the natural surroundings and the wildlife and the fact that it’s not as overgrown as southern California. We haven’t let the bulldozers come in to destroy our beachfront. Please help us keep it that way!!

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