Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe announced Feb. 9 that the United States Army Corps of Engineers has increased its funding by $2.4 million, bringing to $7.7 million the federal allocation to support a major dredging project in Marina del Rey.

“I’ve been working on this project in Marina del Rey for a long time, coordinating with our beach cities, the Port of Long Beach and federal agencies to find a solution that addresses the safety needs of our boaters and first responders,” said Knabe, who represents Marina del Rey in the Fourth District. “I want to thank former Rep. Jane Harman and Rep. Janice Hahn for their support and the Army Corps of Engineers for their cooperation in understanding how important this project is to Los Angeles County.”

The dredging project, which was approved by the Board of Supervisors Nov. 15, is slated to move approximately 140,000 cubic yards of clean sediment offshore to Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey, and up to 75,000 cubic yards will be pumped onto Redondo Beach to address beach erosion.

“This innovative agreement between federal and local agencies is a terrific example of government at all levels working together to solve regional issues,” the supervisor said. “This partnership was a once in a lifetime opportunity and the timing is perfect – Marina del Rey needs to get rid of sediment and Long Beach needs sediment. This additional funding will also allow us to dredge out more sediment, increasing navigation capacity for our first responders.”

In addition to the clean sand that will be deposited at Dockweiler, up to 760,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment will be removed from the Marina del Rey Harbor entrance and transported by barge to the Port of Long Beach for a redevelopment project.