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Ongoing dredging of Channel Islands Harbor to replenish Port Hueneme’s beach

Posted on May 8, 2024

A dredging operation at Channel Islands Harbor started last week by the Army Corps of Engineers will help replenish Port Hueneme’s receding coastline.

By the end of February, about 2.5 million cubic yards of sand will be dug from the harbor mouth and near the breakwater, said Michael Tripp, director of Channel Islands Harbor.

The $15 million federally funded project will remove enough sand from the harbor mouth for the depth to reach 20 feet, which is currently at 18 to 20 feet, Tripp said. The area between the breakwater and two jetties will be dredged to 35 feet deep from its current 15 feet.

Tripp said the harbor needs to be dredged every two years due to the build up of sand and to help replenish Port Hueneme’s coastline.

The recovered sand is being dumped at the north end of Hueneme Beach, near the Port of Hueneme, where the coastline is receding. The port prevents the natural flow of sand from the county’s coast from moving south to Port Hueneme.

The Army Corps of Engineers contracted Seattle-based Manson Construction Corporation to do the underwater sand removal.


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