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, March 31, 2016

New Public Workshop Scheduled for Sloat

The 2012 sand-backpass for the north lot was wiped out by this year's winter storms,
yet another reminder that sand replenishment without retreat will not work for Sloat.
Photo: courtesy of Brian Dow, SF Chapter Chair

Greetings Surfriders,

Next Tuesday April 19th is an important opportunity to move the ball forward on the long-term project to restore Sloat. It is also an opportunity to set a new course for erosion management for the rest of the Ocean Beach shoreline.  A public workshop is scheduled to gather input on an amendment do update San Francisco's Local Coastal Program. The workshop site is the SF Zoo's Education Center.  Drop in any time between 5:30pm-8:30pm.

A Local Coastal Program is a land use / zoning document for municipalities that have a coastline on their borders. This document is drawn up by local planning departments, then submitted to the California Coastal Commission for approval. Once a Local Coastal Plan is in place, future projects compatible with the LCP are able to be approved (and built) much more quickly. 

Our Local Coastal Program document includes Ocean Beach and the immediate neighborhood. Attached is the Land Use Portion of the original document. Please look this over. It is quite interesting. Our LCP was originally approved in the spring of 1986 - 30 years ago, during the construction of the Great Highway and sewage infrastructure mega-project. The document shows how language in an LCP sets the stage for future management activities. 

The Bottom Line: 

In order to allow major changes to the south of Sloat shoreline - such as the proposed changes outlined in the Ocean Beach Master Plan - we need to amend our Local Coastal Program.  Please come to the workshop to provide input! We need strong voices in support of our goals: managed retreat for the road and parking lots; rubble clean-up and sand dune restoration.  Please help us advocate that the Lake Merced Tunnel be considered as part of the managed retreat plan.

Here is a link to the open house details:

Thanks for checking in!

SF LCP Amendment Public Workshop

When: Tuesday April 19
Where: SF Zoo, Education Center
Time: 5:30pm-8:30pm