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Sheriff’s Office Requests Continued Grant Funding for ATV Riverbed Enforcement

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is seeking grant funding to provide increased patrolling and enforcement of areas where illegal off-road vehicles are being used.  The Sheriff’s Office has received a number of complaints about individuals on ATV’s primarily in the Santa Ynez riverbed and surrounding areas bordering the City of Lompoc who are damaging private property and the environment.  They are also violating a number of other State and County ordinances.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office submitted an application to the State of California Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMV) Division 2018/2019 grant program. The preliminary application was submitted Monday, March 4, 2019.  As part of the multi-step application process, there is an opportunity for public comment and feedback before the final application is due on May 6, 2019.  Starting March 5, 2019 until April 1, 2019, the public can view the on-line grant application and submit comments.

To view the application, go to the California State OHMV Grants and Cooperative Agreements program at To make public comments on the application, click on “GRANTS” and then on “On Line Grants Application (OLGA).” Then follow the directions on the menu bar on the left side of the screen.

This is the Fifth year that the Sheriff’s Office has applied for the grant funding.

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