Army Corps of Engineers could delay Oceanside dredging

Plans to dredge Oceanside Harbor appear to be up in the air again after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reportedly informed city officials the annual project could be delayed or even canceled.

Oceanside hoped to have dredging complete by the Memorial Day weekend, but a San Diego Union-Tribune report stated the necessary paperwork for the dredge aren’t yet in order. The requisite paperwork and notices must be completed by May 1 in order for the dredging project to be completed by Memorial Day weekend, according to a news report.

Dredging is a necessary project to ensure proper depth of navigational channels; a harbor’s entrance/exit could fall victim to shoaling, preventing boats from navigating in or out of a harbor. Dredging removes the sand collecting and piling up at the harbor entrance; the sand is often relocated to local beaches, which often lose sand due to erosion.

Oceanside and the Army Corps of Engineers could still complete the necessary paperwork and permitting to move forward with the dredging project. It is unclear, however, when the dredging project would start, if it all.

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