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.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Petition Still Live - Final LCP Hearing at SF Planning June 8

Sloat Erosion Site: June 1987
Before the Oceanside Treatment Plant and Lake Merced Tunnel infrastructure.

Greetings Surfriders,

If you haven't done so already, please sign our new petition to restore Sloat.

SF Planning Commission is due to vote on the LCP amendment for Sloat on June 8th.  Please attend the hearing and comment if you can!  The address is 1650 Mission St. Ste 400

While the current version of the LCP amendment is not fatally flawed, it does have major room for improvement.

Surfrider is particularly concerned that the document does not recognize and build off of erosion management rules that are already on the books at the Coastal Commission.  We specifically cite the 1986 SF Ocean Beach Beach Nourishment Plan document.

The LCP amendment could also be improved by:

·      Clarifying what constitutes an erosion emergency that allows hard armoring such as rock.

·      Stating a clear preference of using soft solutions such as sand over rock armor in the case of emergencies.

·      When hard armoring is used in an emergency, require a deadline for its removal and replacement by sand dunes.

·      Prohibiting the rejection of sand dune nourishment and/or managed retreat solutions for erosion based on cost alone.

If you cannot make the June 8th hearing, please send your comment letters to:
Maggie Wenger
LCP Amendment Project Manager
SF Planning Department