Beach Enhancement Through Nourishment and Compartmentalization: The Recent History of Santa Monica Bay

by Craig B. Leidersdorf, Coastal Frontiers Corp, Chatsworth, United States,
Ricky C. Hollar, Coastal Frontiers Corp, Chatsworth, United States,
Gregory Woodell, Coastal Frontiers Corp, Chatsworth, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Beach Nourishment Engineering and Management Considerations


During the past half-century, the beaches in the central and southern portions of Santa Monica Bay have been significantly enhanced by a combination of artificial nourishment and structural compartmentalization. Approximately 22.2 million m3 of fill have been added, while littoral transport rates and sediment losses down a submarine canyon have been reduced by a series of breakwaters, jetties, and groins constructed in the littoral zone. Although a number of the earlier projects caused unanticipated adverse impacts, the cumulative effect has been to create relatively wide, stable beaches in an area that was formerly starved for sand.

Subject Headings: Beach protection and nourishment | Bays | Coastal protection structures | Littoral drift | History | Littoral zones | Sediment transport | Coastal management | California | United States

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