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.