In order to safely access electrical infrastructure in the Santa Barbara area, SCE maintains sections of the Mission Canyon access road, including conducting needed road maintenance and vegetation removal to address occasional storm damage.
Storm activity over the last year damaged access roads in Santa Barbara County that are used by SCE to safely reach electrical infrastructure for necessary maintenance and repair. SCE anticipated that fixing access roads in the Mission Canyon area would require both clearing brush and minor road work.
In 2019, SCE crews performed extensive road grading, generating debris that moved down canyon slopes into Mission Creek, causing unintended impacts to the area.
SCE deeply regrets that a breakdown in our processes led to this incident. We are committed to repairing the road, stabilizing the slope where SCE crews conducted grading work and addressing the environmental impacts. SCE has made significant changes to the way we conduct our work to prevent similar issues in the future.
SCE is working with City and County of Santa Barbara, other agencies and representatives of the community to complete all needed restoration work. Though completion is expected by the end of the year, that timeline is dependent on work progress and obtaining all required agency approvals.
Trails Open for Recreation
Trails are now open for full recreational access after the completion of major aspects of the work on the Mission Canyon Road Repair Project, including the rock drapery, drainage and other safety work. Construction equipment used on the project has been removed.
We want to thank residents and visitors to the area for their patience during this important work.
Additional information related to progress on the project can be found at www.sce.com/MissionCanyon and on the Mission Canyon SCE information line at (805) 244-0095.