Ocean Beach Sand Management Project to Begin in October

The National Park Service will team up with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to conduct protective sand management activities at Ocean Beach in early October, park officials said.

The project will be a repeat of a 2012 action where excess sand in front of the O’Shaughnessy Seawall in north Ocean Beach is transported to an erosion hotspot south of Sloat Boulevard in south Ocean Beach.

About 30,000 cubic yards of sand will be excavated and moved, according to the park service.

The skewed distribution of sand along Ocean Beach’s shore is a result of both natural factors such as wind and human-caused ones, park officials said.

The erosion hotspot in south Ocean Beach endangers the Lake Merced Transport Tunnel, while the excess sand in north Ocean Beach impedes visitor beach access.

The project is part of a long-term plan to fully address the complicated land use, resource protection, public recreation and shoreline protection issues at Ocean Beach being tackled by the park service, the SFPUC and the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association.

A detailed project description and construction drawings may be viewed on the park service’s planning website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/ocbesandmgmt.

More information on the Ocean Beach Master Plan can be found at www.spur.org/featured-project/ocean-beach-master-plan.

Andrew Dickey, Bay City News

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