San Clemente beach nourishment project put to a hold

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District has announced that sand replenishment project in San Clemente will be delayed due to ongoing sand quality issues.

Photo courtesy of the City of San Clemente

USACE has agreed to allow the contractor, Manson Construction to delay the project up to 70 days to ensure that quality sand is used for dredging and finishing the project.

On Saturday, January 13, 2024, the Los Angeles District communicated that Manson Construction had decided to postpone the delivery of material to San Clemente.

The City was advised that the delay is short term, 60 to 70 days, and that the dredge will return to San Clemente after it finishes the Solana Beach sand replenishment project.

Work is expected to restart in about two months with better quality sand.

The San Clemente beachfill 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, with re-nourishment every six years on average over a 50-year period of Federal participation.