WESTPORT, Wash. - The Army Corps of Engineers will respond to continuing erosion adjacent to the Grays Harbor south jetty breach fill in Westport, Wash., by placing about 30,000 cubic yards of sand beginning this month.
The sand placement is intended to protect against the risk of a breach forming and possibly threatening the stability of the south jetty and federal navigation channel.
The Environmental Assessment for this work is on line at: http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/ers/index.cfm The Corps awarded the contract to Cherokee Construction to re-handle 30,000 cubic yards of sand to the South Jetty breach fill.
Construction is expected to start about Oct. 12 and take about three weeks. The sand is already on site and will be hauled approximately one half mile to nourish the threatened breach fill area. The contractor will avoid areas where the Corps has planted native dune grass.
A small area of vegetation will be covered with mats for temporary equipment. No long-term impacts are expected because vegetation is dormant at this time of year
Westport residents and visitors should note that access will be restricted during the construction. Trucks will be running along the north half of the State Park Access Road and the public parking overlook area near the U.S. Coast Guard storm warning flag tower until sand placement is completed.
This action is being undertaken as an intermediate measure pending implementation of the operations and maintenance Long Term Management Strategy that is currently under development.