San Francisco

Stopped Coastal Armoring at Sloat, San Francisco

Victory | July 13 2011

Coastal Preservation

The City/County of San Francisco applied for a permit from the California Coastal Commission to allow after-the-fact armoring (a 600 ft. rock revetment built in 1997 and a 15 ft add-on rock revetment built in 2010), permit emergency armoring (425 ft of rock revetment placed in 2010), permit beach monitoring polls after-the-fact, and allow additional armoring (70 ft. of additional revetment added to the 2010 revetments and two tangent pile walls). The Surfrider Foundation San Francisco Chapter worked with local partners including Save the Waves Coalition to stop this armoring and allow for completion of the Ocean Beach Master Plan process so that community-supported long-term erosion response strategies could be identified. The Coastal Commission decided unanimously to deny the project, with some Commissioners calling for enforcement action and the removal of the unpermitted armoring.

Coastal Preservation

Beaches are a unique and dynamic landscape that should be protected for the future. The Surfrider Foundation is leading efforts at the state and local levels to protect our shorelines on every coast. Our efforts are focused on establishing appropriate setbacks for development, opposing shoreline structures, and placing coastal lands in public trust.

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