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BEACH EROSION INFORMATION
BEACH EROSION INFORMATION
Information and Developments
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October 7, 2014 News Release: Sand Replenishment Project Faces Short Delay; Pier Work Commences
August 26, 2014 News Release: Emergency revetment extended in anticipation of high surf from Hurricane Marie
Mayor Sharkey's June 29 VC Star editorial, in response to Coastal Commission Executive Director Charles Lester's June 15 editorial.
May 21, 2014 News Release: Lighthouse Promenade Will Open for Memorial Day Weekend; Pier Expected to Remain Closed Through the Summer; Community's Help Needed to Advocate for Beach Replenishment and Revetment Permit
April 28, 2014 News Release: Beach Infrastructure Damaged; Port Hueneme Desperate for Coastal Commission Permit Approval
March 4, 2014 News Release: Congresswoman Julia Brownley Announces $12 Million for Sand Dredging
October 2, 2013 News Release: City Officials' Announcement Regarding Proposed Sand Bag Deposit on Hueneme Beach
September 13, 2013 News Release: City Officials Thank the Efforts of Governor, Legislature, and Local State Representatives for Critical Funding to Save City's Shoreline
September 7, 2013 News Release: City Officials Support Governor's and Local State Representatives' Efforts to Deliver Critical Funding to Save City's Shoreline
August 27, 2013 Ventura County Star article: State Senator Calls Port Hueneme's Appeal for Emergency Funds "Compelling"
August 21, 2013 Ventura County Star article: Senate Panel Supports $2 Million to Fix Port Hueneme's Dire Beach Emergency
July 26, 2013 News Release: Shoreline Protection Initial Phase Completed
July 10, 2013 News Release: Emergency Shoreline Protection Project Begins
June 27, 2013 KTLA News Story on Beach Erosion (video)
June 26, 2013 News Release: Officials Proceeding with Emergency Shoreline Protection
June 12, 2013 NBC4 News Story on Emergency Declaration (video)
April 24, 2013 Declaration of Emergency
A Brief History of Sand Replenishment at Hueneme Beach (pdf)
The Port Hueneme City Council honored Assemblyman Jeff Gorell on April 7, 2014 for his assistance with securing funding for the beach erosion emergency.
Supervisor Kathy Long was recognized May 5, 2014 by the Port Hueneme City Council for her assistance with the beach erosion emergency and advocacy for the Channel Islands Harbor.
Carla Castilla, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson's District Director, was recognized May 19, 2014 on the Senator's behalf for her assistance with securing funding for the beach erosion emergency.
The Port Hueneme City Council honored Congresswoman Julia Brownley on July 7, 2014 for her advocacy for Hueneme Beach at the Federal level, ensuring $12 million in funding will be made available to dredge Channel Islands Harbor to replenish the sand at Hueneme Beach.
The Council also recognized Assemblyman Das Williams on July 7th (presented to his Field Representative David Tovar) for the Assemblyman's assistance with securing funding for the beach erosion emergency.
View slides on the history of Hueneme Beach's erosion problem.
Construction of the deep-water Port of Hueneme in 1939-40 created an almost complete barrier to littoral sediment movement (beach sand), dramatically altering the down-coast drift of sand and causing severe shoreline erosion from Port Hueneme to Point Mugu. The beach immediately down-coast is particularly susceptible to severe erosion between dredging cycles and also when insufficient quantities of material are dredged from the Channel Islands Harbor sand trap (Hueneme Beach). Shoreline erosion studies done by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District (1957) indicate that the rate of littoral drift down-coast of the Port averages 1.24 million cubic yards per year. Accordingly, an average of around 2 million cubic yards is needed biennially to maintain a balance of down-coast sediment.
According to the Army Corps, the Channel Islands Harbor sand trap was designed to hold approximately 2.6 million cubic yards. As of April 2013, staff of the Army Corps estimated there was approximately 3 million cubic yards in the trap. This amount of remaining sand clearly indicates that down-coast beaches have been undernourished for several dredging cycles. Regrettably, recent federal budget constraints have further exacerbated the situation by preventing the U.S. Army Corps from moving the required amount of material during this past 2012 cycle (only 400,000 cubic yards moved to Hueneme Beach). Moreover, unlike past cycles where the sand bypass begins at the foot of east Port jetty as a feeder beach, it was necessary to deposit this sand almost one-third of the way down the beach where the already eroded shoreline was at its maximum scour.
Following the December 2012/January 2013 deposit, high winds and wave deflection have resulted in the near total loss of all the newly placed sand. Without an emergency mid-cycle dredge and sand bypass, the beach will not last until the Army Corps’ November 2014 dredge cycle.
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