It's a stinky project that has Carlsbad beachgoers stopping in their tracks.
Thursday, bulldozers were scooping tons of wet, smelly sand onto Tamarack Beach.
According to our media partner the North County Times, the work has been going on for several days as part of a dredging project at the nearby Agua Hedionda Lagoon -- which means 'smelly water' in Spanish.
Every other year, about half-a-million cubic yards of sand are removed from the lagoon bottom and dumped on the beach.
Serving a dual purpose, the operation widens the shrinking beach and ensures sand doesn't clog the lagoon.
Though the sand is stinky, it is perfectly safe for beachgoers.