Monday, February 22, 2016

Heavy Surf Wreaks Havoc at the Sloat Erosion Site

This is what is left of the 2012 sand replenishment project. It's time for the City to move more aggressively towards building the long term plan. 
(Photo: B. McLaughlin)
Greetings Surfriders and Friends,

Thanks to all who submitted comments to the Coastal Regional Sediment Management Plan for the San Francisco Littoral Cell.  By weighing in early with this effort, hopefully we can dissuade our local governments from relying on massive beach replenishment projects to solve their erosion challenges.  Long term planning based on managed retreat is truly the only sensible option for our heavily eroding coastline.

In other news, erosion has hit the south Sloat area hard this winter.  This was all expected.  However, it should be noted that the recent sand replenishment projects of 2012 and 2014 have both virtually washed away.  Currently, SFPUC is conducting another sand-backpass to the erosion site to patch bluff top erosion as well as to shore up the 2014 area where the parking lot edge has recently collapsed.  This work should restore safe access for the south parking lot.

While it is good that the City is using sand, not rock to patch the area, the current state of Sloat just underscores the need to expedite the long term planning process.  As a reminder, a project blueprint is due to come before the Coastal Commission sometime in 2017.

Thanks for staying engaged!