The City of Seal Beach is pleased to announce that an emergency sand nourishment project is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.
“After years of staff and I working hard to secure sand for our beach, this free sand is a great opportunity to protect our precious natural resource,” said Seal Beach Mayor Ellery Deaton.
The sand on the beach is managed every year to keep erosion at a minimum, but typically the City loses 7,000 to 10,000 cubic yards per year to the Ocean. The City brings sand onto the beach in a nourishment project typically every 7 to 10 years. The most recent nourishment occurred in 2009 at a cost of approximately $1.3 million.
Sand nourishment is again projected for 2016-2017.
During the storm event (Hurricane Marie) on Aug. 25, the City of Seal Beach is estimated to have lost 10,000 to 20,000 cubic yards of sand and has declared a state of emergency. The state of emergency was declared to assist the City with location and placement of replacement sand.
An El Niño is projected this winter, which can bring rain and surf to the beach. Those conditions combined with high tides cause threats of flooding for Seal Beach.
The nourishment is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Sept. 9, and continue through the early portion of Nov.
Annually, the City of Seal Beach constructs a winter sand berm that protects the public and private property from flooding. The berm is put in place in early November and removed as soon as conditions allow (typically April). The nourishment is projected to conclude with the placement of the annual winter sand berm.
The City has worked collectively with the County of Orange to obtain the sand. The County is currently removing the sand from the Santa Ana River. The County will filter the sand and deliver it by truck to the City of Seal Beach.
The sand has been extensively tested and inspected to ensure that it matches the sand on the beach.
The City will receive the sand within the 10th Street Beach Parking lot and move it into place on the southern portion of the City Beach (known as East Beach).
Staff from both agencies worked collectively to aid the City of Seal Beach with the emergency nourishment.
The City of Seal Beach expresses gratitude to the County of Orange and the other coastal cities for their assistance to obtain the sand.
The sand will be delivered to the City of Seal Beach at no cost to the City. Seal Beach will then move the sand into place on the beach in a manner consistent with previous nourishment projects.
If there are questions or to get more information, please call the Public Works Department at 562-431-2527 extension 1317.
File photo of Winter sand berm in Seal Beach.
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