Sharp Park News: Briefly, we have news that the appeal hearing at the Board of Supervisors for the Sharp Park issue will take place on February 28th. Look for a blog post with more details as we get closer to the hearing.
Recently, it has been noted in news reports that this winter storm season has been the wettest since the 1997-1998 El Niño. We would like to point out that the 97-98 event was actually the culmination of a series of wet winters. We may be in a similar cycle right now.
History does have a way of repeating itself. This month we would like to reflect back to those wet years of the latter 1990's and how this whole campaign got started.
The erosion disaster at Sloat began during the winter of 1994-1995. Before that year, Ca was locked in a series of drought years. Surfers remember those years well as drought years deliver long stretches of world class surf to Ocean Beach.
As the second half of the 1990's went on, wet weather began to dominate winter conditions again. At Sloat, storms started striping sand away from the newly replenished beach and bluff. In order to protect the road and the sewer infrastructure from the encroaching surf, SFDPW constructed the giant quarry stone revetment we now see between the north and south parking lots. Erosion and blight then began to spread to the adjacent areas, sparking the birth of this campaign.
This is Sloat's north parking lot after the sewer and road renovation project. The parking lot was completely refurbished, with a landscaped bluff and a sandy beach.
1997-1998 El Niño
Five years later, this is what remained of the beach and the same landscaped bluff. It has always been Surfrider's contention that infrastructure built during the 1980's was placed too close to the sea south of Sloat. This is why we are calling for a managed retreat solution. Sand replenishment in front of the infrastructure has been ineffective (The 2008 date is the year the photos were copyrighted). Photo Credit: Bob Battalio, PWA and Associates
Below is the chronology of the 1999's era erosion cycle. Citation: Army Corps of Engineers Ocean Beach Storm Damage Protection Project page 55, Table 3-1of the 3.1 Sediment Transport Processes Update section.