LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin a $13 million dredging project today, removing up to one million cubic yards of accumulated sand from the entrance channel to Marina del Rey Harbor and improving navigational safety for area first responders and other boating traffic.
Dutra Dredging Company, of San Rafael, Calif., will use the clamshell dredge Paula Lee to place about 520,000 cubic yards of removed sediment into barges that tugs will then transport to the Port of Long Beach for its Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project. Dutra will deposit additional clean sand on Redondo Beach, and in the near-shore at Dockweiler State Beach and Redondo Beach for future renourishment needs. Dredging is scheduled to take place 24 hours per day, seven days a week, with completion expected in late summer.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the California Coastal Commission and the California Regional Water Quality Control Board have reviewed the Corps’ samples of material in the prescribed dredging area and approved it for beach placement.
Safety personnel will monitor dredging operations and advise boaters to maintain safe distances at all times.
(Note: The Corps will participate in a media availability hosted by Los Angeles County Supervisor Ed Knabe, 11 a.m., Thursday, April 5, at the Marina del Rey entrance channel view pier located at Via Marina and Pacific Avenue.)
Release no. 12-003