I went out to Mission Beach on Thursday night to check in on the Army Corps of Engineers project that has been pumping tons of sand onto the shore to restore the eroding coastline.

After trash like mangled rebar and rubber was found in the sand on the beach, the Army Corps and its private contractor said Wednesday that a monitor would be stationed at the large pipe used to pump the sand 24 hours a day, looking for and immediately removing any debris that came out of the pipe.

But we found no one monitoring the pipe Wednesday night.

On Thursday, a man was sitting in a chair on top of the large pipe, a couple of yards from the opening, as a torrent gushed out of it onto the beach. A large light was shining on the depositing site.

Please contact Adrian Florido directly at adrian.florido@voiceofsandiego.org or at 619.325.0528 and follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/adrianflorido.

Adrian Florido is a former staff writer for Voice of San Diego.

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