Observing the ongoing more or less losing battle against the Pacific Ocean’s non stop onslaught against the bluffs south of Sloat Blvd; threatening the roadway and much more importantly, the pump station, underground piping and sewage treatment plant, who in their right mind thinks the dumping of 275,000 cubic yard of dredged shipping channel sand west of the roadway is going to do anything except wash away in very short order? Sand versus the ocean is no contest!
S.F. has tried this a couple of times in years past with a fleet of dump trucks transporting thousands of truckloads of sand from the north end of Ocean Beach and dumping it south of Sloat Blvd, to no avail after 6 months or so, always washed away in short order.
Already, after finishing the dredged sand dumping, the ocean has washed away significant amounts of new sand to the north, as it’s done for the 75 years I’ve been witnessing the beach and ocean activity. I know it is difficult to get around all the environmental, Coastal Commission, EPA, and other concerned group hurdles about how and what is to be done, but the obvious answer to me at least, is to dump huge boulders, rip rap and other material west of the roadway that will permanently stop the constant erosion process of the oceans waves, winds and high tides, especially when occurring during huge winter storms.
They have done this in Pacifica near the public pier and it has been very effective in protecting the area from the pounding storm waves. I don’t understand how a variance could not be obtained if this sort of solution is prevented by various agency’s. If environmental concerns say boulders, rip rap, etc., is not a “natural” solution to the problem, surely 275,000 cu. yds. of sand dumped in place of boulders, rip rap, etc. is not either.
Surely the safety and health of all San Franciscan’s are gravely threatened if the pump station, underground pipes and sewage treatment plant are subjected to failure if the constant erosion is not stopped. As it stands now, this expensive sand replacement is a temporary solution to a permanent problem, a fools quest that will have to be repeated every few years at ever increasing costs to everyone.
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