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Coastal Regional Sediment Management Plan – 2012 Archive

Watershed Management

The Coastal Sediment Management Workgroup (CSMW) has been working to develop Coastal Regional Sediment Management Plans (CRSMPs) along the California coast. The San Francisco Littoral Cell CRSMP will assist government entities, municipalities, stakeholders, and communities in addressing coastal erosion issues, by developing strategies for beneficial reuse of sand and sediments from the Golden Gate to Pacifica. This webpage hosts public meeting materials, notices, and correspondence related to the San Francisco Littoral Cell CRSMP.

  • For general information about Regional Sediment Management and the San Francisco CRSMP, click here.

Our urbanizing society has significantly changed natural sediment supply and transport patterns, and some coastal areas (beaches) are eroding while others (wetlands, ports, and harbors) are being deluged with excess sediment. Facilitating beneficial reuse of excess clean sediment from inundated locations at areas experiencing severe erosion is the substance of regional sediment management.

In the Bay Area, coastal erosion is a fact of life: Storm surges in our oceanside communities have washed away beaches, parking lots, roads, and homes. Planning for these inevitabilities can be coordinated most efficiently and cost-effectively through a regional sediment management approach.

The statewide California Sediment Management Workgroup (CSMW) has commissioned a Coastal Regional Sediment Management Plan for the San Francisco Littoral Cell. The plan area stretches from San Francisco’s Baker Beach south to Pacifica’s Shelter Cove (see map). ESA-PWA is leading a technical team, and SFEP/Association of Bay Area Governments is serving as liaison to the numerous agencies involved in the plan.

Public Meetings
  • July 2012 Meetings

    Two public meetings were held to provide an introduction to the issues and allow the public the ability to comment on directions being considered for inclusion in the plan.Invitation: The Association of Bay Area Governments and the Coastal Sediment Management Workgroup invite the public to provide input on a Coastal Regional Sediment Management Plan being developed for Fort Point, San Francisco, to Point San Pedro, Pacifica, at two identical meetings to be held in July, 2012. “Regional sediment management” refers to sand.These meetings will:

    • Describe erosion issues affecting ocean beaches and coastal infrastructure, such as parking lots, highways, structures, storm drains, and sewage outfalls
    • Present implementation options (proposed solutions such as beach nourishment, multi-purpose reefs, allowed erosion, and managed retreat) and concepts for a regional plan
    • Solicit public comments on plan concepts

    Thursday, July 12, 6:00-8:30pm; SPUR 2nd Floor Public Assembly Hall, 654 Mission Street, San Francisco. Exhibition opens at 6:00, meeting begins at 6:30.
    Thursday, July 19, 7:00-9:00pm; City Council Chambers, 2212 Beach Boulevard, Pacifica.
    All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Athena or 510-622-2325

    Future public meetings will be held to present the draft report and receive comments, and in 2013 to present the final report. To sign up for the interest list for information about the plan, please contact Athena Honore: or 510-622-2325.

    Meeting Materials for 7/12 and 7/19 Agenda
    Other Planning Efforts within the SF Littoral Cell
    ESA PWA Sea Level Rise Information
    Presentation (9 MB) If you get a popup window asking for a login, simply click Cancel. For best viewing, view as Slide Show.

  • November 2012 Meetings

    The Coastal Sediment Management Workgroup and the Association of Bay Area Governments hosted two additional workshops related to regional sediment management from Fort Point, San Francisco to Point San Pedro, San Francisco (San Francisco Littoral Cell). The workshop theme was Your Coast in 50 Years: A Sediment Management Workshop.

    1. Municipal Workshop

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 1-4 pm,  Pacifica Community Center

    Goal: To inform and educate municipal and landowning agencies about coastal hazards and encourage them to present ideas for consideration in the draft Coastal Regional Sediment Management Plan (CRSMP) under development for the San Francisco Littoral Cell). The draft CRSMP will be distributed for public comment in fall 2013.

    2. Public Meeting and Workshop
    Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 5-8pm, Pacifica Community Center
    Goal: To inform and educate the public about coastal hazards and potential solutions and provide them the opportunity to provide early input into the development of the draft CRSMP.

    As explained at the outset of the workshops, the intent was to develop ideas and strategies for regional sediment management, to be considered in the drafting of the CRSMP. No policy decisions were reached as a result of the public or municipal workshops.

    Read the report on the workshops.

    Public Workshop Materials:

    Project overview (Doug George)
    Tools, alternatives, scenarios (Bob Battalio)
    Workgroup exercise (presented by municipal staff)
    Economic analysis (Phil King)
    The policy development segment was postponed.

    Read-ahead materials for the workshop are posted here. This scenarios document was supporting material for the municipal workgroup exercise.

    Written comments/correspondence following the meeting:
    San Francisco Public Golf Alliance (SFPGA) Letter February 18, 2013 and Addendum (clarifying broken links) March 5, 2013
    Association of Bay Area Governments response to SFPGA, March 11, 2013
    SFPGA letter of April 8, 2013
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers response to SFPGA, May 29, 2013
    SFPGA letter of July 31,2013
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers clarification of conditions for a Freedom of Information Act Request, August 8, 2013

    Surfrider Follow-Up Letter to Public Comment Received, April 9, 2013

    Municipal Workshop Materials:
    Project overview (Doug George)
    See above for Battalio and King presentations.

For More Information
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