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Sand Replenishment Comes to IB Next Month

New sand from near Mission Beach will be piped to the Imperial Beach shoreline within the next month.

More than 400,000 cubic yards of sand will come to Imperial Beach at the end of August as part of SANDAG's Regional Beach Sand Project.

IB is the first of eight area beaches that will receive sand in the coming months.

Due to delays with dredge equipment, new sand will not hit IB shores until Sept. 2, said SANDAG Project Manager Shelby Tucker in an email to IB Patch.

A hard surface pipe that carries the sand will begin to appear on the beach weeks prior to when pumping begins. Pipes and earth moving equipment will move sand around the beach.

A ship named Liberty Island is traveling to San Diego through the Panama Canal from New Jersey to pump sand from waters near Mission Beach onto the Imperial Beach shoreline. 

Replenishment will start near the south end of Seacoast Drive and end south of the pier, and will take place 24 hours a day.

The beach will remain open like any any other day and no more than 500 feet of beach will be closed down at a time, Tucker told the Imperial Beach City Council at their June 6 meeting earlier this year.

"The ship goes out to the borrow site, sucks the sand up into the hull of the ship and steams over to the receiver site," Tucker said.

The project was originally scheduled to begin in April 2012. Although work will start late, with a larger dredge, work may be completed in half the time it took during the first replenishment project in 2001.

"With the quality of sand that you're getting, it probably would have taken a month and a half or a month and three weeks to put all that sand on your beaches, but it's going to take a month," she said.

The primary source of funding for the project is $4.2 million from the California Department of Boating and Waterways.

The Imperial Beach Redevelopment Agency contributed $200,000 to the project.

Some funding obtained from the federal government that was slated for an Army Corps of Engineers project also helped fund IB's sand replenlishment project.

Monitors will watch sand coming out of the pipe to see if any metal, cultural resources or anything that isn't sand comes ashore. Shoreline monitoring program will take place after sand is piped to shore.

Last year about was brought to IB from the southern end of Point Loma below a Naval Submarine Base.

A 2001 SANDAG sand replenishment project put 2.1 million cubic yards of sand on San Diego's beaches.

To address any questions about the project, call the SANDAG Regional Sand Replenishment Project Hotline at 619-699-0640.

A copy of a letter sent to local residents near the replenishment site along with other information attached to this story in PDF.

barbara August 15, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Wow. First construction all along Seacoast Drive spanning the most highly visited area all through the most popular month of summer, now sand replenishment from South Seacoast Dr. to the pier for Labor Day weekend. It's a testament to the business owners of IB that they have such tolerance for the city and regional planning agencies. My gosh, are they all trying to put Seacoast Drive businesses out of commission??
barbara August 15, 2012 at 04:30 PM
IB City Council couldn't at least delay the project a week or two? Seems other cities were more effective at protecting their tourist incomes... The timeline from www.sandag.org/beachsand Imperial Beach: Mobilization of equipment is scheduled to take place the week of August 20. Sand replenishment is scheduled to begin the first week of September. Oceanside: early October Moonlight Beach: mid-October Cardiff State Beach: late October Batiquitos: late October Solana Beach: early November North Carlsbad Beach: mid-November South Carlsbad Beach: late November
Serge Dedina August 15, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Hi Barbara: Thanks for sharing your concerns about the sand project. From my memory of the last one carried out by Sandag in 2001, it had very little impact on traffic, and was actually sort of a local attraction--fishermen loved angling right where the sand was hitting the beach for example. More than likely the project would not be operational over Labor Day weekend. By the time it reaches closer to the pier area, it will be later in the fall and have little impact on tourism. We are actually lucky that we'll have the project earlier so that we'll have a bigger beach before winter swells hit. This will give us a big beach with thick grain sand through the fall. Once we get the first northwest swells, the sand will be distributed up and down the beach and create great sandbars for surfing. Please feel free to contact me via Wildcoast if you have any questions or want to discuss this project. It was a much preferred alternative to the horrible Army Corps projects that resulted in the dumping of garbage, rocks and dangerous metal on our beach along with toxic sediment and the wasteful $50 million Army Corps/City of IB project we stopped that would have dumped tons and tons of toxic sand on our beach and destroyed what is now the Tijuana Rivermouth marine protected area and the Sloughs reef. I was also very concerned about the construction on Seacoast. Sincerely, Serge Dedina WiLDCOAST
barbara August 15, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Please don't misunderstand... I'm all for the project, just wish it had been delayed a little bit past the official end of summer for our local businesses. Really...would you rather sit on a beach with clear access to the water or one blocked off because of a big ugly pipe spewing (or waiting to spew) sand? Although "...new sand will not hit IB shores until Sept. 2 [Labor day weekend] ...A hard surface pipe that carries the sand will begin to appear on the beach weeks prior to when pumping begins." Considering what the local merchants have lost from terminating the Sand Castle competition, Seacoast Dr. construction projects, and now a big ugly pipe sprawled across the sand in the prime vacationing month, it is a wonder they stay in IB. Since the project was delayed since April, another couple weeks wouldn't likely matter. Happy about the project, annoyed with the timing. I guess I should be grateful it's not scheduled to coincide with the hotel grand opening! :)
krystiana August 17, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Hello from Platt College of San Diego! I've just learned the new sand will hit IB shores at the same time our college is hosting a private sandcastle competition on the north side of the pier. The event is scheduled for all of Sunday, September 9th. Will there be construction material in the way? Where would you recommend we move the event to if so? It would be a pity if we had to cancel it after all the preparations made so far. Please let me know what to expect, Thanks in advance, Krystiana Brzuza 619-905-8599 tygrysha@gmail.com
Loki August 26, 2012 at 02:17 AM
I hope the Sand Replenishment Project goes better than the other New Jersey company's (Garden State Fireworks) project - Big Bay Boom!

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