A warning sign along a Del Mar beach warns of cliff danger. Photo by Chris Stone
A warning sign along a beach in San Diego County warns of cliff danger. Photo by Chris Stone

The House of Representatives passed the ‘Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act‘ (WIIN) on Thursday, which will address public safety issues such as the bluff erosion in Encinitas and Solana Beach.

According to Congressman Darrell Issa, this act may help to fund projects such as the Coastal Storm Damage Reduction, a plan crafted to address beach erosion by the US Army Corps of Engineers last April. The project aims to reduce erosion and shoreline narrowing to reduce safety risks to recreational beach-goers and property owners along the beach.

This would involve the construction of a 50-foot-wide protective berm in Encinitas and a 150-foot-wide protective berm in Solana Beach along the shoreline, according to the US Army Corps of Engineers. The estimated construction cost of the berms is over $30 million, with periodic maintenance estimated at about $134 million over a 50-year period.

In regards to the passing of WIIN, Congressman Issa said in a statement, “Erosion of the beaches and bluffs in our area have presented significant safety concerns we can correct through the careful work of the Army Corps of Engineers and our local and federal leaders.”

WIIN aims to maintain America’s harbors, locks, dams, flood protection and other water resources, as well as increasing water deliveries to California farmers in the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California, according to Issa.

The bipartisan legislation will also help build long-term water infrastructure in California and modify environmental restrictions that stopped the state from capturing water during the rainy season.

Issa said he is optimistic about moving the project forward with the new source of funding for public safety from WIIN. Mayor David A. Zito of Solana Beach emphasized the significant impact that the project will have to ensure the safety and the economy of the community, while meeting with Issa last week.

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