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CALIFORNIA - Oceano Dunes (Pismo) Risk Of Closure

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So the big meeting is happening on Monday, 4/30/2018. Here's a like to the Cal4 announcement about what's going on at Oceano Dunes and how you can help. Even if you've never been to Pismo before, the next location to face closure or restrictions could be YOUR favorite place.

Please take a few minutes to read the message and send everyone listed an email. Just do a BCC and tell them how you feel about the possible closure/restrictions the park is facing.

Message in its entirety below:

We need your help to keep the dunes open...

Jeff Blewett, Cal4Wheel Natural Resources Consultant

We need letters/emails/FAX’s showing your support for the Oceano Dunes SVRA and OHV recreation.

We have another big meeting regarding more closures at Oceano Dunes SVRA next week. The local Air Pollution Control District (APCD) will be considering a plan put forth by State Parks to reduce dust emissions by 50% in the next five years.

We are still very concerned that the APCD is trying to use bad data and bad science to justify their desire to close off more acreage at the Oceano Dunes for vegetation. All of this under the guise of protecting the health of those on the Nipomo Mesa.

Without a scientific determination of the OHV contribution to the PM10 issue, or without data to substantiate that the abatement plans will be successful, we are in jeopardy of losing the park altogether.

The abatement options being considered will absolutely require State Parks to reduce access, creating negative recreation and economic impacts to the area.

California State Parks commissioned an economic impact study of the Oceano Dunes SVRA in 2016. The study found that the Oceano Dunes SVRA helped generate $243 million in economic impact for the economy each year. It contributes about 3,300 jobs and provides about $2 million in state and local taxes.

Most of complaints filed with APCD are from people living in the Trilogy development. Their complaints contain false information regarding the crystalline silica content of the PM10. They were also misled as to the nature of the dust emissions; they presume that the all of emissions are caused by OHV recreation. This is simply not true.

The dunes that surround the South San Luis Obispo County community have been created over tens of thousands of years. While any disruption is going to have some impact, it is not realistic to presume that there is no natural process occurring.

The Trilogy Development plan deforested hundreds of acres on the Mesa and has been in the construction mode for more than a decade. The second and third phases have just been approved and construction has begun. The Trilogy residents live in a construction zone, yet dare to blame OHV recreation for the dust.

Next meeting:
9:00 am Monday, April 30, 2018
SLO County Board of Supervisors Chambers
1055 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401