The private company pumping sand onto Mission Beach has not done what it’s promised to prevent debris like rebar and rubber from being dumped on the beach.
Manson Construction had pledged Wednesday to ensure that any debris pumped onto the beach would be immediately removed after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Mayor’s Office approached them with concerns that hazardous debris was ending up onshore.
The company is in charge of a $5.3 million Army Corps project to dredge the Mission Bay channel floor and pump the sand onto Mission Beach. It is also responsible for monitoring the total half-million cubic yards of sand — roughly 150 Olympic-sized swimming pools — being piped onto the beach 24 hours a day.
“They’re going to have someone watching the discharge,” Scott John, the Army Corps manager overseeing the project, told me Wednesday.
He repeated that in a Wednesday email to City Councilman Kevin Faulconer’s office: “[T]he contractor will have a man watching the discharge pipe 24/7 pulling any trash that comes out and placing it in a dumpster.”
Frank Bechtolt, the project manager for Manson Construction Co., the private contractor, told us the same thing. The dump site would be well-lit, he said, and a man would be stationed at the pipe, immediately removing debris.