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I received this in an email from Cal 4 Wheel Assoc. If you enjoy wheeling in the dunes, please take the time to write a letter and send it to the folks at the end of the article.

State Parks/county deal could end recreation at Oceano SVRA

We need your help NOW!


From Jeff Blewett, Cal4Wheel Natural Resources Consultant

State Parks has been bullied into a deal with the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD). We have officially been set-up to incrementally lose all recreation opportunity in our park over the next five years starting November of this year!

State Parks and the county Air Pollution Control District agreed to a landmark settlement this week that officials say would reduce air pollution from Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area by about 30 percent by 2023 and cause some off-road riding areas to be closed this year.

The county Air Pollution Control District Hearing Board will hear details of the settlement and take public comment at a meeting on Wednesday, March 21, before deciding whether to accept or reject the proposal. The meeting is set for 9 a.m. at the San Luis Obispo City Council Chambers at 990 Palm St.

If this doesn't motivate you to speak out, I don't know what will. The time to act is NOW!
The best way to effect change is to write letters to the following people and ask them to investigate the validity of silica coming from the SVRA and what impact does the marine biological material coming from the ocean have on all the air monitoring data? Ask what percentage of dust is coming from the SVRA?

Let them know that until these vital questions are answered, areas of the Oceano Dunes SVRA should not be closed down!

Our challenge is to fill everyone’s inbox from the list below with mail. Just write ONE email and send it to everyone on the list below.

What should you say?
Make it personal, why do you like/love/enjoy the beach, make it real. Let them know we are tired of being used!

State the facts and ask them to investigate the validity of silica coming from the SVRA and what impact does the marine biological material coming from the ocean have on all the air monitoring data?

Ask what percentage of dust is coming from the SVRA?

I just need two minutes of your time to help save dune riding. WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW.

DO IT in the next 24 hours so we can strike while the iron is hot. Don’t miss this chance to make a real difference is the outcome of the dust issue. If 50% of the people who read this post send a letter just imagine the impact!

Send letters to:

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That's ridiculous... Anybody that has ridden/driven in dunes of any type know that one of the best things about dune riding is the near zero dust! You can follow your buddy practically on their back tire and besides some sand spray, the dust is minimal to non existent. Beach sand has even less as it is constantly damp. Try that out in any "normal" desert type terrain and you can't even see because there is so much dust.

Also, the effect of silica on marine animals.... Is silica not just the scientific name for SAND? Last I checked the entire ocean floor was mostly sand.

If this is not an environmental "issue" land grab I don't know what is. Pismo is one of the last beaches in the state you can actually drive on, I'd hate to see it go away over something stupid like this.

This state is so ****ed up...
 

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Typical environmentals!
Land grab is right.
Not just on land! Closed lots of fishing areas too!
Closed an area on the backside of Catalina because they feared it would harm some corral if boats anchored there.
Can’t hunt!can’t fish! can’t off road! Can’t go shooting.If they had it their way, we only be able to do that stuff on a computer!!
Damn snowflakes!!
Turning this country into a bunch of sissys!
 

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That's ridiculous... Anybody that has ridden/driven in dunes of any type know that one of the best things about dune riding is the near zero dust! You can follow your buddy practically on their back tire and besides some sand spray, the dust is minimal to non existent. Beach sand has even less as it is constantly damp. Try that out in any "normal" desert type terrain and you can't even see because there is so much dust.

Also, the effect of silica on marine animals.... Is silica not just the scientific name for SAND? Last I checked the entire ocean floor was mostly sand.

If this is not an environmental "issue" land grab I don't know what is. Pismo is one of the last beaches in the state you can actually drive on, I'd hate to see it go away over something stupid like this.

This state is so ****ed up...
Late on this subject, but from my saltwater aquarium experience, no silica is not a scientific name for sand. It is a 'type' of sand though. Aragonite sand was preferable as excess silica can cause diatom blooms.
 

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I just received an update from Cal 4 Wheel. If you wheel at Oceano Dunes please read this and act NOW!

ACTION NEEDED: Oceano could close forever

The Coastal Commission just released their staff report for the upcoming meeting on Thursday, July 11

The staff report is now available on the Commission’s webpage here:
https://www.coastal.ca.gov/meetings/agenda/#/2019/7

The California Coastal Commission Staff is recommending closure of the Oceano Dunes SVRA:

“In short, the status quo at ODSVRA is clearly not sustainable and it is time to more fully understand and evaluate other public access and recreation options that are consistent with coastal resource protections given the current realities that affect and are affected by OHV activities at this shoreline location. Put simply, in staff’s view a Park that is fully consistent with on-the-ground realities, and with coastal resource protection requirements, does not include OHV use. Rather, it is clear to staff that the significant coastal resource issues and constraints attributable to OHV use render long-term OHV use at this location untenable.”

Coastal Commission has provided an email address where people can send their comments: [email protected]

The report is for the next California Coastal Commission meeting to be held on Thursday, July 11 at the Embassy Suites in San Luis Obispo.

We need comment letters submitted to the Coastal Commission before July 8th.

We need club members, friends and anyone who enjoys Oceano Dunes SVRA to write a comment letter and attend the CCC meeting and speak out against anymore closures.


This really could be the end of the park as we know it. We need to flood the Coastal Commissions with comment letters support the park and make sure the room is packed the July 11th Coastal Commission Meeting.

Please share this information with anyone who will listen.
 
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