A $3 million dredging project has begun at the south entrance channel of Marina del Rey.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers began dredging the Marina’s south entrance channel earlier this month and the project is expected to be completed by March 15th, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors.

The dredging project will remove 50,000 cubic meters of contaminated sediment using a hydraulic dredge to remove a tip shoal area at the south entrance of the Marina harbor.

Upon completion of the project, the dredged portion of the south entrance is expected to return to the design depth of approximately 20 feet, a Department of Beaches and Harbors spokesperson said. The sediment will be pumped to a temporary sand separation plant at Parking Lot 3 at 8600 Vista del Mar in Playa del Rey.

Utilizing a new application, the treatment facility will separate sand from other materials and contaminants, resulting in sand suitable for placement at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey, the Beaches and Harbors spokesperson said. The material unsuitable for beach placement will be trucked to an inland landfill.