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Notice to boaters to avoid north entrance of Marina del Rey Harbor during dredging project

MARINA DEL REY ― Plans are in place for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to remove 400,000 cubic yards of clean sediment from Marina del Rey Harbor starting early this month. The dredge vessel Heidi Renee is scheduled to arrive in the harbor on Dec. 5. The dredging project is scheduled from Dec. 2016 to May 2017.

The five-month, maintenance dredging effort will be limited to the removal of sand accumulated at the north entry of the Marina. In addition to the 220’-by-60’ Heidi Renee, a 182’-by-44’ dump scow, Sand Island, will operate in the same area.

The equipment and 24-hour dredging work may make the north entrance impassible for periods of time. Boaters are encouraged to use the harbor’s south entrance for the duration of the project.

Sand dredged from the harbor will be deposited in the ocean directly off Dockweiler State Beach, just north of Imperial Highway. The $2.7 million federally funded dredging effort will assure safe navigation of the harbor entrance for the U.S. Coast Guard and other first responders as well as for the 5,000 recreational vessels docked in the Marina.

For more information, please contact the Department of Beaches and Harbors at

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