South of Sloat Boulevard, the Ocean Beach shoreline is littered with concrete debris and boulders. The rock material is purposefully left on the beach to protect the road and nearby wastewater infrastructure from the surf. Due to long-term erosion, this beach has narrowed to the point at which it is usually impassible at high tides. Access to and from the water over the rock is unsafe. The ecosystem and even the surf break itself has been compromised.
The San Francisco Chapter advocates for the beach at Sloat to be restored through a managed retreat based strategy.
Our vision of beach restoration involves:
- A landward relocation of the Great Highway and the eroding parking lots
- Cleanup of the rubble and rock from the beach
- The use of sand dunes as the primary barrier to erosion