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, March 14, 2017

Sharp Park / LCP Action Report

A glimpse of Sloat restoration appears at the north parking lot.

Greetings Surfriders,

We have success to report for Sharp Park!  SF Rec. and Park agreed to drop some of the golf course flood control measures from the Significant Natural Resources Area Management Plan's Final Environmental Impact Report (SNRAMP FEIR).  In kind, Surfrider along with the coalition lead by Wild Equity withdrew our appeal of the document. Thank you once again to all who sent in comment letters or attended the hearing at the SF Board of Supervisors.

Look for continued efforts to restore the Sharp Park wetland in the future.  By removing the need for a seawall, we can protect the last wide stretch of beach in north Pacifica.   

Update re: SF Rec. and Park's seawall issue.  The Coastal Commission has set June 18, 2017, as a deadline to rule on the fate of the city's response to justifying the 2013 revetment "maintenance" work (see March 2013 blog post for story).  We'll report on the verdict when we get the news. 

Restore Sloat Update: LCP Amendment Introduced at SF Planning Commission

On March 2nd, SF Planning initiated their draft amendment for updating zoning plans for erosion management south of Sloat and greater Ocean Beach.  We will continue to ask for a clear language for removing rubble and using long term managed retreat planning for Ocean Beach. Without additional space for the beach to migrate landward, sand dune nourishment cannot be effective. Sea level rise and climate change will bring accelerated erosion. Thanks to all who have sent in comments on this very important document.  Look for another round of public commentary on the LCP Adoption Hearing April 13th.  For more details, see SF Planning's LCP Amendment website. We'll have more to say on this in next month's post.

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