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
PACIFICA STATE BEACH (Lindamar) - Pacifica, Ca
CRISSY FIELD - San Francisco, Ca
Our Vision of Beach Restoration and Preservation
The shorelines of Ocean Beach south of Sloat Blvd and Sharp Park in Pacifica are threatened by rip-rap seawallls and long-term erosion. This blog chronicles our campaign efforts to restore these beaches. Check out the web view of this site to see our proposed solutions and how to help- in the right hand column below. For all the latest about our efforts, see our monthly posts.
We advocate a managed retreat strategy to restore both Ocean Beach south of Sloat and Sharp Park.
At Sloat, our vision involves:
A long-term plan to relocate threatened infrastructure
(including the south of Sloat Great Highway, the two oceanside parking lots and the sewer lines underneath them).
The cleanup of all the rock and rubble littering the beach.
The use of sand dunes as the primary tool to slow erosion.
For Sharp Park, we advocate the decommissioning of the golf course, the removal of the rip-rap berm, and a full restoration of the wetland.