Saturday, December 17, 2011

Public Comments on the Draft Ocean Beach Master Plan Released


Dear Surfriders and Friends,

Public comments from the Draft Master Plan are now available on SPUR's website http://spur.org/ocean-beach

Thanks to all who submitted comments. There were some excellent points made as well as some unique and creative ideas. As for the issue of Sloat, a common theme emerged: There is widespread support for a managed retreat approach to the erosion issue. While some folks expressed skepticism and doubt about the cobble berm idea proposed by SPUR, most supported a clean up of the rubble and restoration of the shoreline. Many cited the need to have robust sand dune construction by the Army Corps. These are all concepts supported by Surfrider.

On the critical front, there was significant concern about traffic impacts caused by the re-routing of the Great Highway around the back of the zoo, especially at the Sloat intersection. This is absolutely a legitmate concern. We will work to see that this issue is addressed by SPUR as the draft gets fine tuned.

Thanks again to everyone for staying engaged with the Sloat issue and participating in the SPUR Ocean Beach Master Plan. Have a happy holiday season!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Alert: Restore Sharp Park Effort Needs Help NOW!


The Disappearing Beach At Sharp Park


Dear Surfriders and Friends,

This week the San Francisco Board of Supervisors narrowly passed legislation that would enable Sharp Park's golf course to be restored to the coastal wetland it once was. Our chapter strongly supports this legislation which will lead to the removal of a large rock revetment from the beach. Despite the vote by the board, newly elected Mayor Ed Lee is threatening to veto the legislation. Please call Mayor Lee's office Monday December 12 and December 13 9-5pm at Telephone: (415) 554-6141 Calls are most effective at this late stage. Thanks! For more info visit:http://wildequity.org/sections/5

Monday, November 21, 2011

Draft Ocean Beach Master Plan Part III


Greetings Surfriders and Friends,

The comment period for the Draft Ocean Beach Master Plan has been extended until Wednesday November 23rd 5pm. If you have not done so yet, please review the plan and provide input! http://www.spur.org/ocean-beach

We have some good news to report on the city's emergency response to coastal erosion at Sloat. We received word from SFPUC that the agency intends to deploy geotextile sandbags instead of quarry stone in case of any new major erosion events between now and when a long term plan is implemented. We support this move because sandbags are easily removed, effective and much safer to traverse than quarry stone revetments.

We also have some additional information on the cobblestone berm idea outlined in the draft. Apparently there is no set schedule at this time for doing a feasibility analysis of this proposal. This means the Master Plan may be issuing a recommendation for Sloat without knowing if it is even viable. We urge SPUR and SFPUC to clear up this matter asap. It would be a tragedy to have SPUR issue a long term recommendation for Sloat that turns out to be unworkable.

As we have mentioned in previous posts, we still believe the long term plan should call for the relocation of the Lake Merced Transport Box. Perhaps the cobblestone berm approach can fit into such a plan as an interim step between sandbags and relocation. However, a robust feasibility study of the berm (that illuminates all impacts) should be completed before we can embrace this solution.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Draft Ocean Beach Master Plan Part II


Dear Surfriders and Friends,

I trust by now most of you have reviewed the draft master plan and have provided comment. If not, please do so as the official comment period closes this Friday 11/18 at 5pm. See: http://www.spur.org/ocean-beach There is a survey monkey link on the page for your feedback.

In the last post, the issue of the feasibility study of the Lake Merced Transport Box was covered. One other issue surrounding the Box as well as the Master Plan has to do with timelines.

It will be several years between the time that a long term plan is adopted for Sloat and when construction is completed. Surfrider believes that the city should adopt an interim erosion response plan asap. Such a plan should exclude armoring projects such as large scale quarry stone revetments. A good plan would have minimal environmental impact and have a strict expiration date. We are working through SPUR to make this happen right now. It would be a tragedy to see the master plan's recommendations get circumvented by an untimely erosion event.

One other noteworthy issue in the draft has to do with access. The draft master plans suggests several changes to beach parking. At Sloat's first lot (north) the draft recommends that parking be transferred to Sloat Blvd. This makes sense if adequate parking spaces are made available for beach access on Sloat. They should be as close as possible to the Great Highway intersection. Unfortunately, the draft is not clear on this point. We urge you to ask SPUR to incorporate this idea. Many people that come to Ocean Beach have to drive to get there. Quality parking space needs to be preserved.

Parking at the north end lots (Kelly's and VFW's) are also slated for changes. In Key Move #5 of the draft Master Plan, a proposal for charging fees for parking on peak days is floated. Surfrider urges folks to oppose any fees for access to Ocean Beach.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Draft Ocean Beach Master Plan


Greetings Surfriders and Friends,

The draft Master Plan is now posted on the SPUR website Additional written comments are being accepted until Friday November 18.

There are many aspects of the draft to comment on. We will do so in future blog entries. First, we would like to comment on the most important aspects of Key Move 1 and 2.

Overall, we are very encouraged to see lots of managed retreat in the plan. Key Move 1 and 2 include the re-route of the Great Highway around the back of the zoo, rubble clean-up, pull back of the parking lots and sand dune restoration. These are all measures we support.

The biggest challenge is the fate of the Lake Merced Transport Box (LMTB). The draft suggests it may be possible to leave the box on the beach, mostly buried in place with a minimal protective structure covered by cobblestone and sand. Certainly, this is a welcome step away from massive quarry stone armoring. However, it is not known whether this solution is possible. In fact, Surfrider has been told repeatedly by the city that the box cannot be exposed; that it could rupture. Apparently a feasibility study of this issue is about to get underway. We welcome this study and hope to see this question answered asap. How the study turns out may determine whether Sloat is restored or not. Surely, if the box can be left in place, we have a decent solution that allows for major beach restoration. However, if the box cannot be protected this way, it will either need to be relocated or heavily armored. If the City were to choose to do the latter, we could wind up with a seawall on the beach at Sloat instead of sand dunes.

Ultimately our organization maintains that inland relocation is the clear sustainable long term approach for the LMTB. With the box moved away from the sea, we know the beach can be fully restored while infrastructure gains maximum protection. Please note this issue in any comments you may send in to SPUR regarding the draft.

One final note: Thanks to all who showed up at the Rip Curl / Surfrider contest kick-off party last Tuesday night. Green Day showed up as special guests. A great time was had by all. Kudos to the team at Rip Curl, Surfrider National, and our chapter volunteers. A $5,000 check was donated to the Sloat Erosion Campaign.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Ocean Beach Master Plan Workshop #3 Report


Greetings Surfriders and Friends,

Saturday's public workshop was well attended. Thanks to all who showed up to hear about / question the draft version of the Ocean Beach Master Plan. Surfrider will provide detailed public comment when the draft is officially posted on SPUR's website . At that point, all those who could not attend the workshop will likewise have a chance to review and comment directly to SPUR on the plan. Stay tuned... Thanks for your support and staying engaged!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Next SPUR Public Workshop

Coastal Access at Sloat

Greetings Surfriders and Friends,

The SPUR website has just posted public comments from SPUR's public workshop number two, the Alternatives Phase. See http://www.spur.org/ocean-beach If you read the comment summary sections, it should become crystal clear why it is so important that people from our community show up, fully informed and ready to participate at these meetings. Again, the next and final SPUR public workshop is Saturday October 29th at the Golden Gate Park Senior Center 6101 Fulton St @ 37th Ave 10am-12:30pm. Please mark the SPUR workshop date on your calendars!

In addition, SF Baykeeper is currently featuring an informative article about sea level rise and Managed Retreat on their website. The piece mentions our plight at Sloat with a quality link to a historical background of the issue. See: http://baykeeper.org/blog/bcdc-approves-amendment-bay-plan-addressing-sea-level-rise
Finally, the Rip Curl Pro WCT contest is coming right on the heels of the last SPUR workshop. Surfrider National and the local chapter will be co-sponsoring the opening party on Tuesday November 1 at the Mezzanine. The theme of the party will be raising awareness of the Sloat issue. See more info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=258782484157893

Friday, September 16, 2011

Next SPUR Public Workshop October 29th


Greetings Surfriders and Friends,

The next SPUR public workshop has been announced for Saturday October 29th at the Golden Gate Park Senior Center 6101 Fulton St. @ 37th Ave 10am-12pm. This meeting will cover the initial Draft Ocean Beach Master Plan. Please mark your calendars and spread the word. It is absolutely critical that we get the Master Plan on track now to feature a robust restoration plan for the south Sloat area.

In other news, local surfer and coastal attorney Mark Massara has recently filed a lawsuit against the City and County of San Francisco for violating permits issued by the California Coastal Commission. The suit, filed with The California Coastal Protection Network, claims the City's rock revetments at Sloat are out of compliance on multiple items found in Commission permits. This is a significant development that will will be sure to cover as things unfold...
See: http://oceanbeachbulletin.com/2011/08/26/environmental-group-sues-san-francisco-over-ocean-beach-rock-piles/

Last, but not least, an economic study of the future effects of sea level rise for Ocean Beach has just been released by Phillip King of San Francisco State University. Mr. King is also a member of SPUR's Ocean Beach Master Plan Steering Committee, so this information will inform the Master Plan.
http://blogs.kqed.org/climatewatch/2011/09/13/the-price-of-rising-seas/

In his report, King models the economic effects of a sea level rise of 1.4 meters by 2100 (the current projection). His findings show SF and its residents would sustain more than $500 million in damage to infrastructure and private property - if no proactive measures are taken. This is exactly why we have been calling for a Managed Retreat strategy for Ocean Beach. The only way to responsibly deal with an encroaching high tide line is to move back and to give the ocean its space. This is true even if economics are the chief driver. The alternative strategy of armoring is messy, expensive in its own right, and destructive to our precious coastline. See above for more photos of the unfortunate situation at Sharp Park.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Projected Sea Level Rise for Ocean Beach - Why Managed Retreat as a Long Term Strategy


The Future of Ocean Beach? The beach at Sharp Park (Pacifica) is disappearing under a pile of armor. Click photo to see close-up.


Dear Surfriders and Friends,

Many may be surprised to hear that there is a looming threat of beach loss at central Ocean Beach. Below are a few links to scientific reports that have informed this projection. They deal with sea level rise. According to the Pacific Institute report, sea levels off the CA coast have risen 8 inches over the last 100 years. By 2100, sea level rise is predicted to rise another 1.0-1.4 meters (4’-5’). Although sea level rise projections are estimates, the trend lines behind this projection are serious. We should prepare for significant impacts. Middle Ocean Beach has been eroding for some time. We should expect beach loss to continue. However, as compared to Sloat, there is a greater opportunity to slow it down with sand nourishment and strategic sand management practices. This should allow us to buy time for proper planning.

Surfrider believes the sooner we embrace a strategy of Managed Retreat, the better off we will all be – taxpayers, beach users, and ecology. An encroaching high tide line is part of a natural process. If our city chooses to hold fast to existing boundaries, we can expect to see results like we have in the photo above. This is a group of revetments recently placed on the beach at Sharp Park, in the neighboring town of Pacifica. It's not a pretty picture. They are wiping out their beach.

This ia a graphic derived from the statewide study showing the potential erosion by 2100 based on 4.6’ of sea level rise. http://www.pwa-ltd.com/about/about_news.html#OPC_Report

The report by PWA:
http://www.pwa-ltd.com/about/news-CoastalErosion/PWA_OPC_Methods_final.pdf

Here is a link to the Pacific Institute report that this work fed into:
http://www.pacinst.org/reports/sea_level_rise/

Here is the State Adaptation Strategy that was affected by this work:
http://www.climatechange.ca.gov/adaptation/

Monday, August 8, 2011

Our Plan for Erosion Response at Ocean Beach


Greetings Surfriders and Friends,

The SPUR Ocean Beach Master Plan process is currently digesting comments from the Alternatives phase, and beginning to sketch out the Draft Master Plan. Surfrider San Francisco would like to take this time to release our preferred long term solution for Sloat, as well as our general erosion response strategy for Ocean Beach.

While we continue to call for a Managed Retreat solution, we feel it is important to recognize that any long term plan will take years to plan, permit and fund. DPW has asserted that during that time, the sewage transport box under the Great Highway could be exposed, which may cause it to rupture. A break in the box would trigger a sewage spill on Ocean Beach. None of us wants to see this happen. Therefore, our chapter has proposed a practical compromise for our long term plan: We are willing to condone a minimal impact, temporary structure to protect the transport box under specific conditions: It should come as a last resort only to avert a failure of the box, have a limited time span, and only in the context of a Managed Retreat strategy. See below.

We regret that this infrastructure was placed in such a precarious position. It is time to move forward and embrace a practical, commonsense long term plan. Managed Retreat is the best way to preserve our beach and solve the erosion conflict.

A Comprehensive Program of Managed Retreat for Ocean Beach
Surfrider Foundation, San Francisco Chapter’s Official Platform for Sloat Blvd / Ocean Beach Erosion

Summary Statement:

The Surfrider Foundation San Francisco Chapter favors infrastructure relocation and beach restoration as the primary methods to address Ocean Beach’s erosion problems. Sand nourishment is seen as a preferred interim strategy over armoring. Shoreline armoring will cause narrowing and ultimately the loss of the beach. The acceleration of sea level rise is expected to limit the effectiveness of sand nourishment in the latter part of the century, by year 2100. Therefore, retreat and realignment of development is expected to become increasingly important to provide space for the beach to survive. If critical infrastructure (e.g. the transport tunnel) is imminently threatened by erosion, armoring should be employed only as a last resort and a temporary measure in order to give The City time to plan and execute the reconfiguration or relocation of the infrastructure to a more sustainable condition.

We believe separate plans should be pursued for each of the two zones that have erosion issues: One plan for the Sloat Blvd. area / One for Central Ocean Beach. Due to the inherent uncertainty in sea level rise predictions and beach morphology, a fifty year plan, not a one hundred year plan, should first be executed for the two zones. At year thirty of the fifty year plan, an assessment and planning period should commence for both zones that will result in a new fifty year plan.

The Sloat Area: A 50 Year Plan of Managed Retreat
The City should commit to pursuing a Managed Retreat plan for Sloat. During the immediate planning/permitting/financing period of Managed Retreat, a small, temporary revetment (5ft high) could serve to protect the transport tunnel by stabilizing the toe of the bluff. Further temporary safeguarding of the tunnel may be achieved through interior reinforcement.

We are calling for a Managed Retreat plan that encompasses the following:

1. Re-route the Lake Merced Transport Tunnel and the connections from the Westside Transport Box and Pump Station so that they enter through the back side of the treatment plant. The southern section of the Westside Transport Box may also require modification to reduce the potential for exposure and loss of beach.

2. Re-route the Great Highway around the backside of the zoo.

3. Relocate Sloat’s North Parking Lot and bathroom facilities eastward from the current location to the area immediately in front of the Westside Pump Station.

4. Eliminate the Muni Bus turnaround.

5. At the south end of the affected area, relocate the south parking lot to the endpoint of the Great Highway (just before the intersection at Skyline Boulevard).

6. When opportunistic sand is available for beach nourishment, begin removal of all quarry stone revetments and rubble now littering the beach and construct a large sand berm to serve as a protective barrier for the entire area. Strengthen the dune with native plants, install sand ladder access trails, and construct a bike/walking path on the eastern side of the restored dune.

7. A plan for monitoring the new berm, as well as a plan for periodic sand nourishment should be in in place upon completion of the project.

With this strategy, the wastewater plant should have sufficient protection at its current location until its 100 year life cycle is completed. (Approximately 80 years remain).

Worst Case Scenario: If the new sand berm is severely eroded and the high tide line advances to a predefined point of emergency status at anywhere along the 3 reaches that include the pump station, zoo or the wastewater plant, then temporary armoring would be condoned only under the explicit condition to give the City time to plan and execute a relocation/reconfiguration of these structures. When complete, the temporary armor should then be removed and the beach returned to its natural state. There should be a formal mechanism to ensure future removal of any armoring.

Central Ocean Beach: A 50 Year Plan
For the next 50 years: A plan for monitoring erosion as well as aggressive sand dune nourishment/placement should be implemented along Central Ocean Beach. Nourishment areas would be identified as locations in which the high tide line has reached a certain distance from the seawall or road. As in the case of the Sloat area, a reassessment and planning period should occur at year 30. If at that time, if the beach is significantly narrower than when the first 50 year plan started, then planning should commence for the relocation of the Great Highway and the rest of the westside transport box.

Conclusion:
At Sloat, with infrastructure relocation and a renovated sand berm free of debris, the public and The City have a win-win solution. Infrastructure is protected and the public’s sandy shoreline/beach is preserved. At Central Ocean Beach, continual monitoring and timely sand nourishment should preclude the need for new armoring as well as give us the time we need to better evaluate sea level rise rates and beach morphology data. This plan does allow for flexibility if the high tide line moves inland to the point of threatening the remaining infrastructure. In such cases, temporary armoring is condoned as an emergency action under the express purpose to give The City time to relocate that infrastructure away from the ocean.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Victory! Dpw Permits Stopped

Just in: The Ca Coastal Commission denied approval to expand coastal armor at Sloat tonight. It was a unanimous vote. Thanks to the 500+ people who sent in letters opposing the permits. Thanks also to Sarah Damron, Katie Westfall of Save The Waves, Lara Truppelli of SandOb, Mark Massara, Wade Orbelian and others for staying until late in the evening to speak! This was an important win in our battle to restore the beach at Sloat. Stay tuned for next steps...

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Alert: Important Meeting of the Ca. Coastal Commission


Inner Bar Surf at South Sloat - Threatened By Backwash

Heads up Surfriders and Friends,

The California Coastal Commission is set to have a vote on SFDPW's permit application to expand armoring at Sloat Boulevard. The meeting will be on Wednesday July 13, at Marin County Board of Supervisors 3501 Civic Center Drive Rm 330 San Rafael starting at 9am. This is the set of permits that goes way beyond the work needed to finish last year's emergency repairs. We have already sent in well over 100 letters from our supporters, as well as spoke directly with the Commission about this issue. Our main point remains that permitting the expansion of armoring is unnecessary, and will only serve to undermine a primary goal of the SPUR Ocean Beach Master Plan process. That objective is to create a long term plan for Ocean Beach erosion shaped by all stakeholders - public, government, and non-profits. Please come on down to comment in person if you can. If not, you are always welcome to send letters directly to the Commission. They don't allow email, so please print out your letters and send them via traditional mail: Here's the contact info.

North Central Coast District Office
Charles Lester, Senior Deputy Director
Ruby Pap, District Supervisor


45 Fremont Street, Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105-2219
(415) 904-5260 or
(415) 904-5200
FAX (415) 904-5400



Thanks!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Great Highway Sand Management News


Dear Surfriders and Friends,

Good news to report. This morning, SFDPW is addressing the issue of blowing sand that has led to recent closures of the Great Highway's southbound lanes. An excavator and at least one pair of plows will be used to relocate a sandy berm that has been building up at Noriega over the last few years. Sand from the berm has been blowing right onto the highway and into the shrubbery across the street. We contacted Frank Filice of DPW to find out if the sand could be used to cover the exposed armor at Noriega St. Good news. Indeed, that is the plan. In fact, the Agency is also working with the National Park Service to cover the exposed armor at Ortega Street as well. We applaud this effort as a short term measure to preserve our beach while reducing the pressure to armor.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

SPUR Public Workshop #2 Report

A new erosion hotspot? Ortega Street, early June 2011.

Dear Surfriders and Friends,

The SPUR public workshop went really well. Attendance was great despite the pouring rain.

Here’s a basic report:

SPUR opened the meeting by giving attendees an overview of Ocean Beach’s sand transport system, wastewater infrastructure and the erosion challenge. Then, several test case scenarios were presented showing the results of different approaches to addressing erosion and beach management. The test cases served to demonstrate the different issues involved in long term planning at Ocean Beach. For example, one scenario demonstrated what the beach would look like over the next 100 years if we were to prioritize infrastructure protection above all other issues. Naturally, with this approach, most of the southern section of Ocean Beach was wiped out, with the shoreline and dunes getting replaced by a seawall and quarry stone revetments. Another test case showed what the future would look like if we were to use habitat conservation as the dominant priority. In such a scenario we would have to relocate not only the wastewater tunnel and the Great Highway, but also part of the neighborhood along the Lower Great Highway (at mid-beach) would have to be returned to the sand. Other models showed what would happen if we were to use green infrastructure or recreational opportunities as the prime drivers. The results of these approaches showed various degrees of Managed Retreat, but with their own pluses and minuses. SPUR wants to remind everyone that these test scenarios were not actual proposals, but tools for the public to glimpse the different issues, challenges, strengths and weaknesses inherent in any long term master plan.
During the last section of the workshop, the attendees split up into break-out session groups. Each group was charged with drafting their own ideal Master Plan for the next 100 years. The hypothetical results shown in the various test scenarios sparked a very lively planning session. At the end of the meeting, the beak-out groups’ draft plans were collected by SPUR and will serve to provide feedback and direction in formation of the final Ocean Beach Master Plan. A Draft Master Plan is the next step in this process. Check out SPURs website for all the details and/or to provide additional input.

www.spur.org/oceanbeach

Thanks to all who attended!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Alert! Next SPUR Public Workshop Confirmed

Dear Surfriders and Friends,

News Flash...The next phase of the Ocean Beach Master Plan is officially confirmed: Saturday June 4th at the Golden Gate Park Senior Center 10am-1pm. The Center is located at 6101 Fulton St. @ 37th Ave. Please make every effort to attend and provide input. This is the critical workshop in which a solution for Sloat will begin to take shape. For more info on the workshop or The Ocean Beach Master Plan visit

http://www.spur.org/oceanbeach

Please spread the word throughout the community...

Thanks!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Alternatives Phase of SPUR OB Master Plan Set to Begin

The original Managed Retreat vision from the Ocean Beach Task Force 2002: Courtesy of Brad Evans and Bob Battalio of Phillips Williams and Associates.

Greetings Surfriders and Friends,

Engineers under the SPUR Master Plan and key city officials are beginning to form alternative long term plans for Sloat Erosion. The next public workshop which will offer citizen's an opportunity to weigh in on this issue is set for June 4. Location TBA. In the meantime Surfrider San Francisco would like to begin a deeper discussion of our preferred plan: Managed Retreat. Below is a series of links in which Managed Retreat was used to respond to coastal erosion events in California. These three examples involve public infrastructure that was being threatened by an encroaching high tide line. Like Sloat, there was a need to remove fill/rubble and add sand in its place. Note the 2 local projects. We already have examples of Managed Rereat succeeding in our own backyard...

SURFER's POINT - Ventura, Ca
http://www.pwa-ltd.com/projects/pr_cstl_SurfersPnt.html
http://www.venturariver.org/2010/11/managed-retreat-process-at-surfers.html
http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/initiatives/shoreline_ppr_retreat.html
http://www.surferspoint.org/

PACIFICA STATE BEACH (Lindamar) - Pacifica, Ca
http://www.pwa-ltd.com/projects/pr_cstl_Pacifica.html

CRISSY FIELD - San Francisco, Ca
http://www.pwa-ltd.com/projects/pr_cstl_crissy_field.html

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Ocean Beach Erosion Article on SFGate / SF Chronicle


The new revetment looking south. Photo taken 3/21/11 4:35pm Tide apprx. 3.2ft

Greetings Surfriders and Friends,

Last Friday March 4th, there was a front page article about erosion at Ocean Beach that featured the problem at Sloat. It also appeared Sunday March 6 in SFgate. Here's a link to the online version...

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/03/04/MNGM1I1O92.DTL

The article was well written, providing a great synopsis of the issues involved as well as where we right now in the process of finding a long term solution.

One important comment: The article seems to suggest that Coastal Armoring, Managed Retreat and Sand Nourishment are separate, mutually exclusive erosion control solutions for Sloat. They are not. We beleve in a sensible combination of strategies that emphasizes more of the last 2 methods: Managed Retreat and Sand Nourishment. Our vision consists of moving the parking lots, the road, and the wastewater tunnel out of harm's way. Then, a large sand dune (via sand nourishment) should be constructed in its place. With a sand barrier, we have an erosion control system that allows for the restoration of the public's beach and safer access to the shoreline. Look for more details to emerge on Managed Retreat as we head into the next phase of the Ocean Beach Master Plan - Alternative Solutions.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ocean Beach Master Plan Open House at the Park Chalet


Just in case you missed the SPUR workshop at the zoo January 15, there will be another chance for the public to review and comment on the Ocean Beach Master Plan. On Saturday March 5, from 10am - 12noon, the Park Chalet will host the workshop material. All folks that want to see our beach restored at Sloat are urged to weigh in at all SPUR workshops. In addition to the Sloat issue, there are other important issues getting addressed in the Master Plan: restrooms, bike paths, garbage collection, native plant restoration efforts, etc. Feel free to bring the family has there will be free root beer and facepainting for the kids. Thanks to Lara Truppelli of the Park Chalet and SandOB for sponsoring this event.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

SPUR Workshop Report

The first SPUR Workshop at the SF Zoo last Saturday went really well. Thanks to everyone who took time on a beautiful sunny morning (when the surf was firing) to attend the event and provide feedback on Ocean Beach. As promised, various representatives from key government agencies were on hand to meet the public, answer questions and take in feedback. Some great conversations were held about what should happen at Sloat as well as other issues concerning Ocean Beach. At this point, it seems a major concern The City has in embracing a Managed Retreat strategy seems to be the notion that moving the road/infrastructure may not stop the ocean from continuing to encroach. Undoubtedly such a scenario is possible, however, the other alternative- massive armoring with sand nourishment - virtually guarantees the loss of the beach and the waste of public funds when the sand is washed away. Ultimately, we believe the City has the responsibility to pick the best case scenario for both protecting its infrastructure and the beach at Sloat. We stand firm that Managed Retreat is the smartest path. Needless to say, we look forward to continuing these discussions in the months ahead and we thank the City for keeping an open mind and conducting an honest dialogue with the public on the issue.

What you can do… Please feel free to continue to write letters to the various public agencies with jurisdiction over the Sloat issue:

The wastewater infrastructure: Public Utilities Commission http://sfwater.org/ContactUs.cfm/MC_ID/18/MSC_ID/114/MTO_ID/342

The agency charged with protecting the infrastructure: SF DPW http://www.sfdpw.org/index.aspx?page=34

The road: SF Park and Rec: http://sfrecpark.org/CommentsAndFeedback.aspx
And SF County Transportation Authority:
http://www.sfcta.org/mos/Contact_Us/

The beach itself:
GGNRA: http://www.nps.gov/goga/contacts.htm

Special Thanks to Ben Grant for steering the SPUR process. For more information, please contact project manager Benjamin Grant
(bgrant@spur.org)
www.spur.org/ocean-beach
facebook: Ocean Beach Master Plan (San Francisco)
twitter: @planoceanbeach