students of the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management performed
this study to evaluate the impacts to ocean water quality subsequent to a breach event at the Goleta Slough, Goleta, California. The study
served as the
Master’s Thesis requirement for the group members.
To achieve the group’s objectives, water quality samples and physical
measurements were collected after a breach event at the Goleta Slough.
This sampling “event”
took place subsequently to the
County breaching the Slough
and samples were collected the
following four days. The sampling collection and analysis procedures
imitated the protocol and used the same tools employed by the City of Santa Barbara Ocean Monitoring
Department and Environmental Health Lab. The
data were used to assess the spatial and temporal variability associated with
the ocean sampling. The site-specific
lessons learned were generalized to provide an understanding of breaching
events at other sites and the processes involved. Furthermore, the study provided recommendations for
water quality monitoring best management practices and addressed the policy
implications of regional coastal breaching events (permitting process).
Specifically, the Project objectives were:
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