The company pumping sand onto Mission Beach said it would
monitor the discharge closely after debris started being found. It
The Army Corps of Engineers and a contractor pumping sand onto Mission Beach claimed someone would monitor this pipe 24 hours a day to catch debris. Wednesday night, workers operated machinery nearby but none stood near the pipe.
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.