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Army Corps of Engineers adding sand to Grays Harbor jetty

WESTPORT, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will place about 55,000 cubic yards of sand at the Grays Harbor south jetty breach fill near Westport, Washington.

The sand is intended to protect against continuing erosion and the risk of a breach forming which could threaten the stability of the south jetty and federal navigation channel.

Sand will be placed in the most eroded portions of the spit, which will bring it back to a crest height of 35 feet. This will reinforce the area and provide protection against a breach. The project started Nov. 14.

The Corps contracted Northwest Rock to perform the work. The sand must meet Corps gradation and marine sediment quality standards to nourish the threatened breach fill area. The contractor will build a temporary access road and is required to remove those materials once the sand haul is complete.

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