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County wants to extend crackdown on ATVs in Santa Ynez riverbed near Lompoc

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

Santa Barbara County wants to continue its crackdown on people who are illegally using the dry river bed near Lompoc for off-road activities.

Back in late 2014, the County Sheriff's Office began patrolling the Santa Ynez River area to enforce local and state rules related to the problem.

Now, the office is looking for a second year of grant funding for increased patrolling and enforcement.

The Sheriff's Office says it continues to get complaints regarding those who are on ATVs who are damaging private property and the environment.

A letter was recently submitted to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors to author an application to the State of California Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) 2015/2016 grant program and a resolution to accept the grant funds if awarded.

A preliminary application was submitted last week.

As part of the multi-step application process, there is an opportunity for public comment and feedback before the final application is due in May.

The public can view the on-line grant application and submit comments through April 4.