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, April 28, 2016

Road Re-alignment Confirmed!

 SF Chronicle 6.5.1973

Greetings Surfriders,

Thanks to all who attended this past month's Local Coastal Plan (LCP) workshop.  Stay tuned for a final workshop later this year.  This event will unveil the draft language of the LCP.

In other news...

This past month our local neighborhood newspaper, the Sunset Beacon, published a story regarding a plan of road consolidation and re-alignment for the Great Highway south of Sloat.  Oscar Gee, project manager at the San Francisco Department of Public Works, confirmed the move in the piece.  The Great Highway south of Sloat is to be consolidated into one northbound / one southbound lane.  The two new lanes are to re-aligned away from the water.

This is a significant milestone in our campaign to restore the south of Sloat area of Ocean Beach. At the heart of our solution for Ocean Beach erosion is the landward relocation of threatened infrastructure. Re-aligning the road inland south of Sloat is a critical first step to removing the erosion hazard, and gaining the space we need for proper beach restoration.

Truthfully, the south of Sloat section of the Great Highway should never have been built so close to the water.  This portion of the coastal road was under attack by the surf ever since it was extended to meet up with Skyline Boulevard in 1964.  Above is proof of this claim.  The image is screenshot of an article that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, dated Tuesday June 5, 1973 page 2.  Click on the image and zoom in to read.

Dumping rock to control erosion at Ocean Beach is nothing new.  It's time to stop this practice.

Thanks for checking in!