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, December 8, 2015

The Untold Story Behind the Erosion Mess South of Sloat

A Hike Along the Beach South of Sloat

Dear Surfriders, Sloat Restorationists and Friends of Ocean Beach,

The Surfrider Foundation, San Francisco Chapter is pleased to announce a new report: The Untold Story Behind the Erosion Mess South of Sloat

The roots of Sloat's erosion conflict reach back to the 1970s. The new report contains the full back story behind the issue. This is a history that appears to have been lost. It is now re-found. 

We would like to remind readers that virtually all public officials and personnel named in this report have moved on. Great progress is now being made to rectify the Sloat erosion mess. We would especially like to thank SPUR and the Ocean Beach Master Plan team, the California Coastal Commission, SFPUC, GGNRA and our elected officials for being willing to use managed retreat as part of the strategy for addressing Sloat erosion.

Please read this knowing that it is our hope that by knowing the history behind this issue, we can chart a new course for erosion management at Ocean Beach.  

However, in order to do so, the Surfrider Foundation maintains that it is essential that the City consider realigning the Lake Merced Tunnel inland, and out of the erosion hazard zone.  Additionally, it is imperative to implement an effective and accountable sand management plan.  With long term planning that includes managed retreat and proper sand maintenance, it is our hope that we can both fix the Sloat area while ensuring better management of future erosion hotspots along Ocean Beach.

Thanks for checking in!