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$28M Project to Restore Beach Sand Underway

Between September and December, more than 1.4 million cubic yards of sand will be dredged to restore eroded beaches.

A $28.5 million project to replenish sand on eight San Diego County beaches got under way Saturday in Imperial Beach, according to the San Diego Association of Governments.

Between September and December, more than 1.4 million cubic yards of sand will be dredged to restore eroded beaches in Imperial Beach, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad and Oceanside, SANDAG officials said.

"People from around the world come to San Diego County to enjoy our world-class surf and beaches, so it's important we restore eroded beaches by periodically replenishing them with additional sand," said Jerome Stocks, SANDAG chair and Encinitas mayor. "Sand replenishment also benefits shorebirds by providing them with an additional sandy beach habitat; and it helps support our local economy, as well as protect public and private infrastructure from high tides and storm damage."

County beaches have steadily eroded over the past decades and sand no longer flows downstream due to development, water supply and flood control projects, and modifications to the coastline, according to SANDAG.

The beaches will be replenished in 500-foot segments, which will not be publicly accessible as sand-laden water is pumped in. The closures will shift along the fill site until each beach is completed.

The sand will be dredged from designated off-shore areas within a mile of the shoreline that have sand similar to that on the beaches or is slightly coarser, SANDAG said.

The cities of Carlsbad, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, Oceanside and Solana Beach are funding the project, along with the California Department of Boating and Waterways.

-City News Service

Jon Hall September 09, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Funny how everything is supposed to be kept natural (lagoons, sloughs, tidelands, etc) yet when it comes to the beaches the natural condition is not considered acceptable Instead, sand is trucked in to make an artificial environment --- and then those who are doing it try to spin it into something natural ...
Dante Pamintuan September 09, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Nature usually wins. When man sets out to alter nature and seeks to benefit from it...there may be consequences at times. Man is given the gifts of nature by God's grace. Man and technology will usually win temporary battles with nature. But God and nature will endure the ages. That's what is written in the Bible. Living in Imperial Beach might be a lifestyle conundrum for many people. Beach replenishment will benefit and protect the beachfront properties but at a cost to all taxpayers. This is being set up to fund, tax and establish a mandatory program that will require consistency, regulation and enforcement. Will beachfront property owners be paying more property taxes to help fund this program? Only time will tell. 28 million dollars could sure develop more public beach parks instead of fancy hotels, don't you think?
Dante Pamintuan September 09, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Hi Jon. Actually the sand is being dredged offshore about a mile out. They are piping the sand from a ship/barge out in front of Cortez Street. It was quite an impressive sight at 6:00am this Sunday morning. 4500 Cubic yards per shipload. Compare that to 9 Cubic Yards that a standard cement truck carries. Heck of alot of sand! Should be interesting to see if any new beach surf breaks will develop from the big holes. What do you think surfers?
DavePenman October 08, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Just in time for the big winter swells that will wash it all away again... Smart

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