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.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

New Update From SPUR on Sloat

Springtime comes to Sloat's north lot...

Greetings Surfriders and Friends,

SPUR just sent out an email the other day with information on the implementation phase of the Ocean Beach Master Plan.  Of particular interest to our campaign is the progress being made to restore the beach at Sloat.  There is great news on this front: A short term / emergency strategy to use sand or sand bags (instead of dumping rock) is being hashed out by all key agencies.  As was mentioned in previous posts, this kind of interim planning will be critical if we are to avoid adding any more quarry stone to the beach while the long term plan is forged...  Thanks to SPUR, SFPUC, NPS, DPW and others for taking action on this.  Check it out the SPUR Master Plan update here for the whole scoop:

Meanwhile, early spring northwest winds did a number on the new sand berm at the north parking lot. See above pic...  Because there was no planting of the dune, sand was blown quite efficiently into the parking lot, closing it down for a week or so. Hopefully, we can find a way to solve this going forward.  Surely, there will be more windy days ahead of us!