Summary: The DSRs address the removal of sediment and debris deposited by the 1995 Winter Storms in Santa Barbara Harbor. DSR 26304 submitted on March 3, 1995, is for $105,329 to remove 1,000 cubic yards of sediment from the seawall area. DSR 26305 submitted on March 9, 1995, is for $66,092 to dredge 33,046 cubic yards of sediment from the Stearns Wharf area. Both DSRs were determined to be ineligible by the FEMA reviewer on January 26, 1996, because there was no immediate threat, and no clear proof that the debris was the result of the declared incident. The grantee sent the first appeal of DSR 26304 to Region IX on July 30, 1996. The subgrantee argued that the debris was a direct result of the winter storms of 1995 and that fire boat access to Marinas 2, 3 and 4 became impossible except during extreme high tides. The Regional Director denied the first appeal on November 6, 1996, because no supporting documentation showed how the debris removal would alleviate any immediate threat to life and property. The grantee sent the first appeal of DSR 26305 to Region IX on August 6, 1996, arguing fireboat access is not possible in areas around Stearns Wharf. The Regional Director denied the first appeal on November 14, 1996, because land based fire equipment has access and no proof of an immediate threat was demonstrated. The subgrantee's second appeal for DSR 26304 was sent to Region IX on April 24, 1997. The subgrantee argues that lack of fireboat access is an immediate threat to improved property. The subgrantee's second appeal for DSR 26305 was sent to Region IX on April 16, 1997, with additional photographic information. The subgrantee argues that the debris removal is permanent repair of park facilities under Category "G".
Does marina seawall debris removal constitute emergency work that eliminates the immediate threat of significant damage to improved property?
Does debris removal from the area near Stearns Wharf qualify for funding because it was permanent repair of park facilities?
No, documentation has not been provided that shows the debris near the seawall is a direct result of the declared incident.
No, the area of water in the vicinity of Stearns Wharf is a natural feature and does not meet the definition of a facility.