September 27, 2008

River Entry to Be Dredged

The U.S. Corps of Engineers has been given the needed funding to complete dredging in the mouth of the Los Angeles River, upstream of the Queensway Bay Bridge. The dredging will prevent shoaling (sandy buildups on the ocean floor) from closing the channel from the Catalina Landing to the ocean.

Beach-quality sand will be taken to a beach off Junipero Avenue and deposited in about 20 feet of water to help fight beach erosion.

The Los Angeles River brings down several hundred thousand cubic yards of sediment each year that is deposited at its mouth.

Following a storm in 2005, Catalina Express boats were prevented from accessing Catalina Landing because of shoals, cutting service 70 percent.

The dredging began Thursday and is expected to continue until Oct. 27. It will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is not expected to create any noise disturbances.

Should a disturbance occur, call 626-401-4084, e-mail stanley.s.fujimoto; or fax 626-401-4020.

For more information, call Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine Planning and Development Manager Dennis Esche at 562-570-3130.

- From staff reports

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