The City of Port Hueneme has called on the
Since January, high winds, abnormally high tides and large waves along the Ventura County coast have washed away about 1 million cubic yards of dredged sand
In its most recent dredging operation, however, the agency was only able to deliver about 400,000 cubic yards of sand due to rising costs of fuel and equipment, and Army Corps budget restraints.
Now, with waves lapping up against seaside streets, the city of 21,000 people has canceled an August sand sculpture contest. It also plans to spend roughly $2 million of municipal funds on boulders to protect the most eroded stretches of coastline, city officials said.
"It's unlikely the federal government will be able to come up with emergency funds," Greg Brown, Port Hueneme's community development director, said. "There's no one coming to our rescue. So, it looks like we're going to have to take care of ourselves."
Construction of the deep-water port and its jetties in 1939 dramatically altered the down coast flow of sand along the city’s beaches, resulting in erosion and damage to public and private property, as well as the local port shared by the
“Ironically, there’s plenty of sand in the sand trap,” Brown said. “The problem is finding federal funds to move it over here.”