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.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

2013 Holds Promise for Sloat / Regional Beaches

Inside Bar Sloat With New Dune Access (photo B. McLaughlin)

Greetings Surfriders and Friends,

2012 brought many positive developments for the Restore Sloat Campaign. In May, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association officially released the Ocean Beach Master Plan. Featured in the Master Plan was a proposal to restore the shoreline at Sloat-Funston Bluffs by using principles of managed retreat.

Meanwhile, this past summer, the City took a huge step away from reactive armoring and towards the proactive use of sand as a means to slow erosion at Sloat. Plans are being developed to continue the sand transfers on a temporary/need basis, as long as sand is available (in surplus) at the north end of the beach.

Yet, there is more good news.... Our neighbors to our south are also addressing their erosion issues. From Sharp Park to Mori Point, city leaders are coming together to plan for a future of eroding coastlines, the threat of rising sea levels, and powerful storms fueled by climate change. Under the Coastal Regional Sediment Management Plan, long term strategies are being developed that will prioritize the maintenance of our southern beaches as a way to slow erosion. At Mussel Rock in Daly City, a feasibility study will explore the possibility of using a managed retreat plan to relocate the coastside landfill and restore the beach.

Stay tuned for new opportunities to weigh in on any and all of these efforts as more public meetings will be held in 2013.