The April 29 County Public Works presentation at the community center in Oceano was quite impressive. Ten or more tables were set up, showing pictures and graphs depicting the history of flooding in Oceano. Many county employees were present to answer questions. In fact, there were more county employees than there were Oceano residents present.
Why the low turnout? Could it be that the residents of Oceano have seen study after study for many decades? Could it be that we have more knowledge of the history of flooding than most, if not all, of the county employees? Could it be that we have seen almost nothing done to mitigate the flooding problem? Just one example of inadequate problem solving by the county is the Arroyo Grande Creek maintenance issue. Residents along the creek pay a special assessment so that the creek can be maintained. Evidence shows that too little is being done. The excuse is that the permit process is long and tedious. Or that willows above 2 inches high can’t be cut.
We have offered solutions; the county spokesperson says they will “try” to implement solutions such as to insure the Arroyo Grande Creek flows directly into
On May 24, Public Works will submit its findings to the County Board of Supervisors. Let’s hope we get positive results—not just another decade of studies, charts, consultant fees, and excuses.