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Dredging equipment in 2018 stationed on the north side of the mouth of the Oceanside Harbor, alongside the Del Mar jetty.(Charlie Neuman)

CA - Deeper dredging proposed for Oceanside harbor

This year’s spring cleaning of the Oceanside harbor’s entrance could be deeper than in recent years, an effort to make navigation safer and produce more sand for the city’s beaches.

The annual dredging removes sand that builds up in the harbor entrance during winter storms and high tides, and pipes the sediment onto the beaches to the south. In past years, the harbor channel was dredged to a maximum depth of 25 feet, but this year the goal is 30 feet.

“This is the first year they will go that deep,” Oceanside Public Works Director Kiel Koger said in an email. “The advantages are it will keep the main navigation channel open and take longer to fill in with sand, and we should get more sand placed on the beach with the added volume.”

Manson Construction, the contractor, recently started a dredging project in Ventura and when finished there it will move to Oceanside, probably in late March, Koger said. The goal is to finish the Oceanside job by Memorial Day weekend, which is traditionally the start of the summer tourist season.

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