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Channel Islands Harbor Dredging on Schedule

Posted on October 6, 2016

By Anne Kallas, Ventura County Star

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is on schedule to start dredging the Channel Islands Harbor later this year, Harbor Director Lyn Krieger told the Port Hueneme City Council on Monday.

Congress has allocated $7.8 million for the project, Krieger told the council. That money will be used to move 1 million cubic feet of sand from the sand trap north of the mouth of the harbor.

Dredging equipment will likely move into place in late October or early November, she said.

Councilman Tom Figg questioned the ongoing shortages of sand.

“I learned about 20 years ago during the last big event that we have an ongoing shortage,” he said. “We are supposed to get 2.5 million cubic yards of sand every two years. I want to know what the cumulative tabulation is for what we are owed.”

Krieger said that the Water Development Resources Act authorized a maximum amount of sand of up to 2.5 million cubic yards.

“It is not required,” she said.

Figg continued to press for an accounting of the amount of sand he believes there “should be.”

But Krieger said the figures that matter to the Harbor District are how much sand needs to be pumped from the trap that was designed to hold up to 3 million cubic yards. She offered to give Figg precise amounts of sand pumped each cycle.

Source: Ventura County Star

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