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, January 5, 2016

Kick Off the New Year by Protecting Our Local Beaches

Sloat pitches hollow between winter storms.  Photo: B. McLaughlin

Happy New Year Surfriders and Friends,

The Coastal Sediment Management Plan Workgroup for the SF Bay Area coast is having a public meeting next Thursday January 14th at the United Irish Cultural Center, just off of Sloat Blvd. here in San Francisco. Please see below for details.  As noted in prior posts, the Coastal Sediment Management Plan is an effort by Bay Area governments to identify ways to address coastal erosion by using a region approach.  Surfrider advocates the implementation of of long term managed retreat policies instead of reliance on sand replenishment. Our local beaches are highly eroding.  Engineered shorelines will bring only temporary relief at astronomical costs. 

Adding your comments to the record will help us with our campaign. Please weigh in against sewalls, revetments and other forms of coastal armoring.  Instead call for the promotion of managed retreat planning and shoreline restoration. Please attend the meeting if you can. If you cannot make it, you can email in your comments.


The Coastal Sediment Management Workgroup (CSMW) is pleased to announce that the draft San Francisco Littoral Cell Coastal Regional Sediment Management Plan (SFLC CRSMP or Plan) is now available for public review and comment. The Plan will be available for a 30-day review period that will close on February 3, 2016.

View the draft Plan on the SFEP website (direct link to the draft Plan; direct link to the draft Plan Appendices).

How to Provide Comments 
Comments can be submitted in four ways:
  1. Complete the online comment form,
  2. Email comments directly to,
  3. Submit a written comment form at an upcoming public meeting, or
  4. Send comments via postal mail to Kearns & West, Attn: Julia Golomb, 475 Sansome St., Suite 570, San Francisco, CA 94111
When providing comments on the draft Plan, please consider the following:
  • Comments should be concise and focus specifically on the content of the draft Plan.
  • Where applicable, comments should identify the specific part(s) of the draft Plan at issue.
Upcoming Public Meetings
The CSMW will hold two public meetings in January to present on the draft Plan’s purpose and contents, answer questions and solicit comments. The meeting times and locations are as follows:
Please RSVP using this form if you plan on attending the meeting, to ensure there is adequate space. Light refreshments will be provided during the meeting.
About the SFLC CRSMP
The SFLC stretches from the Golden Gate to Point San Pedro and comprises watersheds, beaches, and the nearshore zone in the cities of San Francisco, Daly City, and Pacifica. The SFLC CRSMP is intended to provide information and guidance to government entities, municipalities, stakeholders, and communities as they develop strategies for addressing coastal erosion and storm damage during the upcoming decades. Additional information about the draft Plan is available on the project website.

We look forward to receiving your input on the draft SFLC CRSMP.