The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Los Angeles District announced that it began preparations for a 50-foot-wide beach nourishment project in San Clemente.
“Today our contractor, Manson Construction Company, will be laying down the submerged pipeline for this project,” said Doland Cheung, USACE 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 work is part of a 50-year shoreline protection agreement between the LA District and the City of San Clemente.
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 loss of shoreline protection reduces recreational beach width and can cause damage to coastal residential and commercial properties from storm-induced waves. 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.