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CA - Army Corps Allocates $1.5 Million to Encinitas-Solana Beach Sand Project

Funding will help complete planning for 50-year replenishment project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will allocate an additional $1.5 million for the planning, engineering and design of a federal sand project expected to beef up beaches in Encinitas and Solana Beach for the next 50 years, Rep. Mike Levin, D-San Juan Capistrano, announced Friday.

The Encinitas-Solana Beach Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project was authorized in 2016 to stabilize the eroding bluffs against high-energy storm swells and rising sea levels.

Completion of the three-year pre-construction phase is expected to cost a total of about $3 million, including $75,000 each from the two cities involved. Most of the expense is covered by state and federal grants now in hand.

Sand replenishment will occur every five to 10 years for the 50-year life of the project, which was estimated to cost a total of $167 million in 2015 dollars. Construction funding has yet to be secured, but if the money is obtained, sand dredged from offshore sites could arrive on beaches as soon as 2024.

“Completing the planning, engineering and design phase is a key step in this process, and I will continue to push for additional funding to begin construction,” Levin said in a news release.

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