Venice Beach renourishment construction to resume soon
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers anticipates sand placement on Venice Beach to tentatively resume Mar. 9, weather permitting. The shore protection project was temporarily delayed by a mechanical problem Feb. 15 that caused the shutdown of dredging operations.
The beach renourishment project helps protect landside infrastructure and property from storm damage. The side benefits of the project include providing habitat for shorebird and sea turtle nesting, and supporting local recreation and tourism.
The Corps contractor, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (GLDD), has placed more than 294,000 cubic yards of sand on the beach to date. The completed project will place roughly 791,000 cubic yards of sand on 3.2 miles of Venice Beach shoreline. Weather permitting, GLDD will complete the project in early April. Turtle nesting season starts Apr. 15.
During operations on Feb. 15, the Liberty Island, a trailing suction hopper dredge, received damage to its propellers. She sailed to dry dock in Mobile for repairs, and is returning to Venice Beach this weekend.
The City of Venice and the Army Corps of Engineers ask the public to continue to use caution in the construction area.
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Release no. 15-028