Ross Island Dredger No. 10 Ready for Solana Beach Work
The City of Solana Beach has just announced the latest update on their beach renourishment project, saying that the Ross Island Dredger No. 10 – now fully assembled – is in the Central Basin, ready to begin its work in delivering sands from the lagoon overdredge pit to Cardiff State Beach.
Set to kick off its work this week, the dredger will operate 24 hours a day, 6 days a week (except Sundays) for approximately 6 weeks.
Beginning with Cardiff State Beach, approximately 300,000-cubic yards of sand will replenish the coastline. Sand will first be placed south of the lagoon’s inlet, its connection to the ocean. Sections will be filled as sand replenishment moves south along the coast.
“The sand will be an approximate 20% sand and 80% water mixture, which is like the consistency of a smoothie. Sand will be gradually placed at about 8,000-cubic yards a day, or like the amount of two Olympic size pools,” the city said.
Following beach sand replenishment, water quality will be improved by removing and burying high-nutrient sediments in this overdredge pit that will ultimately be capped by sand.