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.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

A Wave of Good News

Fall conditions have returned to Ocean Beach.

Greetings Surfriders,

Great news! The permit for SF to use sand backpassing and emergency sandbags was accepted  by the Coastal Commission. Thanks to all who helped with this effort.  We can all breath a bit easier now as our winter storms begin to roll in.

In other news, SF Baykeeper has just won their appeal of the sand mining permits. As we have covered in previous posts, the permits would have allowed for more sand to be extracted from SF Bay than comes in, resulting in a net loss to the system. Thanks to SF Baykeeper for highlighting the connection between our bay-delta sand supply and its role in sustaining on our beaches!

Finally, the Coastal Regional Sediment Management Plan (CRSMP) has been re-booted.  As a reminder, the CRSMP is collecting information on coastal erosion hotspots from San Francisco down to Half Moon Bay, as well as possible response strategies.

There will be a public meeting Wednesday December 2, 6-8pm Pacifica Community Center 540 Crespi Drive.

Please come to the meeting if you can. We need help delivering the message that coastal armor and/or open ended beach replenishment are not sustainable solutions!  Please lend your support for the use of managed retreat for threatened development as well as watershed and shoreline restoration. For more info on the CRSMP see

Thanks for checking in!