Sloat Restoration through Managed Retreat

Sloat Restoration through Managed Retreat
This is our original vision for Sloat Restoration - graphic courtesy of PSA and Associates and the Ocean Beach Task Force

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.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Sand Replenishment Complete

The new sand berm at Sloat

Dear Surfriders and Friends,

The sand replenishment project is complete. Two robust sand dunes have been constructed in the erosion area. Safe access is finally restored (at least temporarily) for both the north and south parking lots.  Again, thanks to SFPUC, SFDPW and the NPS for working together to make this happen. The erosion committee will continue to advocate for non-armoring solutions at Sloat until a long term plan is in place.

Speaking of the long term plan, SPUR is presently laying the groundwork for the pull-back of the Great Highway.  While this is a critical piece to the restoration effort, Surfrider believes it is equally important to reach a decision (and begin to take action) on the Lake Merced Tunnel.  As we all know, powerful winter storms keep their own schedule. Addressing the fate of the tunnel - and doing so quickly - will best help us avoid new erosion emergences.

Thanks again for checking in.  Do stay tuned for new developments including the upcoming regional sand management meetings.