A feasibility study was performed by NCI to address adverse navigation and shoaling conditions at this open coast site. Studies included numerical modeling of the nearshore wave climate, along with detailed analysis of the harbor’s shoaling history to identify the sediment transport mechanism in and around the entrance. Preliminary designs were prepared for new groins, jetty modifications, and an offshore breakwater extension to lesson hazardous navigation conditions and reduce maintenance dredging frequency by trapping sand more efficiently. The NED plan was selected on the basis of technical, economic benefit, and environmental impact criteria. In a subsequent project, the Ventura Harbor Sand Bypass Regional Beneficial Uses reconnaissance study and report was prepared by NCI for use to implement a sand bypassing system at the Harbor. Work included addressing problems and opportunities; planning constraints; qualitatively assessing potential project outputs; identifying disposal/placement alternatives; investigating pump systems to match disposal alternatives; describing likely environmental effects; preparing preliminary cost estimates for pump systems and disposal alternatives; developing a Project Study Plan (PSP); and preparing an expedited reconnaissance report.