Shoreline Inventory Program
Santa Barbara County permitted new onshore processing facilities that
were required to support the massive boom in offshore development
in the mid-1980s. Among other things, the County conditioned these
permits to require restoration of any areas impacted by oil spills
to pre-spill conditions. However, no comprehensive data existed to
determine what pre-spill conditions were. The County, Minerals Management
Service (MMS) and industry agreed to conduct an assessment of the
county's coastline resources - a shoreline inventory - funded by the
operators through the County and MMS, and conducted by researchers
at the University of California at Santa Barbara. The methodology
was based upon established criteria used by the National Park Service
at the Channel Islands. The resulting Shoreline Inventory combines
historical data with current survey data for 54 individual sites along
the California coast and Channel Islands.
Supplemental grants funded additional
surveys of the 54 sites. The grants also
funded the formation of a data management
system that consolidated the information
collected during monitoring. The Multi-Agency
Rocky Intertidal Network (MARINE) program
over-sees the database that consolidates this information.
For more information, please contact Kathy
Pfeifer, of the Energy Division.