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...

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.