SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. --
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District began preparations for a 50-foot-wide beach nourishment project along a stretch of shoreline Nov. 21 in San Clemente.
“Today our contractor, Manson Construction Company, will be laying down the submerged pipeline for this project,” said Doland Cheung, the Corps’ LA District project manager. “This is the pipeline that runs parallel to the pier, from the ocean to the shore, where the dredge will connect and pump sand onto the beach.”
Sand placement operations are expected to begin Dec. 15.
The Authorized Project calls for coastal storm damage reduction, which includes construction of a 50-foot-wide beach fill along a 3,412-foot-long stretch of shoreline, using 251,000 cubic yards of compatible sediment.
Nourishment is scheduled every six years on average, over a 50-year period of federal participation, for a total of eight additional nourishments.
The work follows the signing of a project partnership agreement between the Corps’ Los Angeles District and the City of San Clemente May 4 to protect the shoreline.
The loss of shoreline protection reduces recreational beach width and can cause damage to coastal residential and commercial properties from storm-induced waves. This can present a threat to community members, homes, businesses, transportation corridors and those who visit San Clemente State Beach.
The narrowing of the shoreline can subject public facilities, seaward of the railroad corridor, to wave-induced damage and further reduce recreational space on an already space-limited area. This includes the nearby Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Amtrak and Metrolink commuter rail lines that carry more than 100,000 passengers per day.
The project is designed to reduce the potential for storm damage to facilities located along the coast of San Clemente, including recreational beach facilities and the rail corridor, and help restore and maintain recreational use along the San Clemente coastal area.
For more information about the project please go to: https://www.spl.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Projects-Studies/San-Clemente-Shoreline/