APCD hearing board approves Oceano Dunes dust deal

The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) Hearing Board on Monday approved a hotly contested agreement between the APCD and California state parks over reducing dust flows coming from the Oceano Dunes.

State parks’ deal with the APCD will lead to the closure of portions of the Oceano Dunes to off-road vehicles in order to create islands of vegetation within the park. Read More …

APCD hearing board rejects Oceano Dunes settlement

An agreement that was billed as a great compromise between California state parks and the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) did not satisfy the APCD’s hearing board, which rejected the deal on Wednesday and demanded that more be done to reduce dust flows coming from the Oceano Dunes.

The APCD and Nipomo Mesa residents, on one side, have long clashed with state parks and off-road vehicle riders over Oceano Dunes dust flows. Read More …

APCD and state parks strike deal on Oceano Dunes dust control

Following years of contested regulatory procedures and court hearings, the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) and the California Department of Parks and Recreation appear to have struck a deal on mitigating dust flows from the Oceano Dunes.

State parks has agreed to fence off about 100 acres to create islands of vegetation within the Oceano Dunes off-road vehicle riding area. Read More …

Oceano Dunes generates about $200 million a year for SLO County, study finds

An economic impact report prepared by a South Lake Tahoe-based consulting firm found that, between July 2016 and Sept. 2017, the Oceano Dunes District within California’s state parks system generated a total of $243 million for the San Luis Obispo County economy.

The study conducted by SMG Consulting found visitors to the Oceano Dunes area from outside of SLO County spent an estimated $158 million directly on travel expenditures, with $45 million being spent on accommodations. Read More …