Encinitas-Solana beach nourishment project to begin this fall

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and local elected officials recently announced the execution of Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) for the Encinitas-Solana Beach Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project.

Photo courtesy of USACE

The Encinitas-Solana Beach Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project, involves placing 700,000 cubic yards of dredged sand along 7,200 feet of beach in Solana Beach and 340,000 cubic yards of sand along 7,800 feet of beach in Encinitas.

The project will widen the beaches to reduce storm damage, improve safety, and expand recreational benefits for the public.

“The Encinitas-Solana Beach Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project has been decades in the making,” said Rep. Mike Levin. “It is the result of efforts of local, state and federal partners over a long period of time, and specifically, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law was instrumental in making this a reality, at long last, and I am so proud to have secured $30.5 million in the law for this project.”

“This project to put sand on our beaches in Encinitas has been a long time coming! Visitors and residents who enjoy our Pacific Ocean shoreline will appreciate the decades of work that was done to make it happen. Much thanks to Congressman Levin for his efforts to get the federal funding source finalized!” said Mayor Tony Kranz of Encinitas.

Initial construction is expected to begin this fall and includes placing about 340,000 cubic yards of sand at Encinitas. In addition to the initial construction this fall, the project will include 13 beach renourishments over a 50-year period at about $417 million, with a 50/50 federal-sponsor cost share.