West Beach Dredging Complete

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West Beach Dredging Complete
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Source: City of Santa Barbara

Crews have completed dredging of the large shoal of sand located off West Beach, an area popular with paddlers and dingy sailors. Although this winter was mild, several large swells during the preceding three winters deposited over 70,000 cubic yards of sand, creating an area that was shallow and difficult to navigate. 

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Flicka Apr 04, 2018 09:27 AM
West Beach Dredging Complete

That part of the harbor has been filling up with sand many decades. My mom and aunt heard an old man telling the engineers that would happen during the building of the harbor (1927) but of course they knew better than an old lifelong man from the area.

SBWalkers Apr 04, 2018 07:35 AM
West Beach Dredging Complete

My wife and I have been walking from East Beach(Fes Parker) to West Beach (Harbor)daily for about 10 years(yes daily). I notice that they annually insert and remove the large black tube from the harbor dredging area to the area across from Fes Parker. Some sections of the tube are buried, and other sections lay on the surface sand(very unsightly). Why do they do that? Why don't they just lay it underground(just under the surface near the bike path) permanently? It is obviously a waste of time and a lot of $$$ to redo the same thing every year. Someone in the city should address this waste of money.

SBWalkers Apr 05, 2018 07:16 AM
West Beach Dredging Complete

I understand what you are saying, but with the annual cost of diggin in/out, they could afford a permanent material and bury it. Santa Barbara is known for it's beautiful beach walk, and that tube is so large, in some places you cannot see the ocean over it. ... I'm 6ft

pstarSR Apr 04, 2018 08:40 AM
West Beach Dredging Complete

I cant say for a fact why they do that, but I would imagine there is a junction or coupling there they have to monitor. sand is highly abrasive especially when pumped. So I would venture to guess they have to keep an eye on it

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