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, August 25, 2015

Sand Stockpiling / Replenishment News

We will continue to advocate for new temporary parking south of Sloat.

Greetings Sloat Restorationists,

We have some great news to report:

Apparently, progress is being made to stockpile sand near SF zoo in case there is severe erosion south of Sloat this winter.  Given that we are expecting the return of the weather phenomenon known as El Niño; having plenty of sand ready for deployment is very important. The last thing we want to see are new quarry stone revetments added to the beach. Thanks to SPUR and SFPUC for working with the Coastal Commission to make this happen.

In other news, we have received word that the Army Corps of Engineers may now contract with private dredging companies in order to provide sand replenishment for Ocean Beach. This is welcome news, as private firms have ships already rigged to pump sand directly onshore. While sand replenishment is not in itself a viable solution, at least one large sand placement project will be needed south of Sloat if we are ever to remove all the rock, rubble and debris.  Stay tuned for more details...