Feasibility Study for Beach Sand Replenishment/Retention Devices

Where is the sand on some of our beaches?

The construction of the Camp Pendleton Harbor jetty stops much of the sand from being carried south by the waves, which had previously preserved the wide beaches of Oceanside. Camp Pendleton annually dredges the mouth of the Oceanside Harbor for safe navigational passage, and that sand is pumped onto the beach to the south.

Read about diminished beach sand and what options we have:

Where's the Sand     Why Sand is Lost on Beaches     Memo (Beach Sand Options)

The City Council met for a special workshop on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, to discuss the Feasibility Study. Strategies for groins and a sand bypass system were recommended and approved to move forward.  Details

Sand Replenishment Efforts

The City of Oceanside Public Works Department initiated a feasibility study to develop a strategy to protect City beaches from the impacts of long-term shoreline erosion.  A consultant (GHD) was hired to perform a preliminary engineering evaluation and feasibility study to consider options for beach sand replenishment and/or retention devices to stabilize and enhance the beach widths in the City.  GHD reviewed and analyzed data and relevant global project examples and developed six concepts to carry forward in the feasibility study. The goal of the study is to identify a beach replenishment/retention strategy that is environmentally sensitive, financially feasible and has a reasonable chance of being approved through the regulatory permitting process.

Public workshop #1 was held on September 15, 2020. View the presentation and poll below:

Beach Sand Powerpoint Presentation 9-15-2020     Beach Sand Poll 9-15-2020

   

Public Workshop #2 was held on June 30, 2021. View the presentation and poll below:

 Beach Sand Powerpoint Presentation 06-30-2021Beach Sand Poll 06-30-2021

The City Council met for a special workshop on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, to discuss the Feasibility Study.  Strategies for groins and a sand bypass system were recommended and approved to move forward. Details