Diana Sokolove, Senior Environmental PlannerSan Francisco Planning Department
CEQA Exemption Request for the Ocean Beach Sand Maintenance Project July 18, 2012Page 4use, resource protection, public recreation, and shoreline stabilization issues at OceanBeach. The proposed project would serve as an interim measure until a morepermanent solution is developed.NPS owns and manages Ocean Beach as part of the GGNRA, the SFPUC operates theCity’s wastewater infrastructure, notably the Lake Merced Transport Tunnel locatedunder the Great Highway, and DPW maintains the Great Highway.The GGNRA has initiated and will complete National Environmental Policy Act(NEPA) compliance for the proposed project and will pursue issuance of necessarypermits to implement the proposed project.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED PROJECT
The proposed project involves excavation of sand at the beach along theO’Shaughnessy Seawall, transporting the sand via 30 cubic yard (cy) dump trucks, andplacing the sand west of the bluffs south of Sloat Boulevard for temporary protectionfrom erosion during high wave winter storm events.Excavator, loader, and bulldozers would be used to move and load sand into 30 cubic-yard articulated off road dump trucks from the area of excavation indicated on Figure1. The areas to be excavated would approximately 150-200 feet wide, 4,200 feet long,and to a maximum depth of 13 feet. Equipment would enter and exit through an accesspoint at the south end of the O’Shaughnessy Seawall near Lincoln Boulevard.The proposed project would place sand on an approximately 0.5 mile stretch of bluffsouth of Sloat Boulevard. The project would prioritize sand placement at two differentlocations, the bluffs approximately 600 feet south of Sloat Boulevard, which is knownas Reach 3 as identified in the 2011
Lake Merced Tunnel/Great Highway/Ocean BeachEmergency Project Design Report prepared
for the SFPUC by Moffat and Nichols, andanother area approximately 2,000 feet south of Sloat Boulevard, identified as Reach 2 inthe same report, west of the Great Highway from the SFPUC’s Oceanside WaterPollution Control Plant. The reach selected for sand placement would depend uponthe erosion rate and bluff protection needs in a given year. Reaches 2 and 3 have beenidentified as the locations where the Lake Merced Transport Tunnel and the GreatHighway are most threatened by erosion. If excess sand is available after placement atReaches 2 and 3, it would be placed in other adjacent shoreline areas.A sacrificial berm (maximum dimensions 60 feet wide by 1,400 feet long, and 30 feetdeep) would be established each year to protect the eroding bluffs. The height of the berm would not exceed the elevation of the adjacent parking lot and Great Highway.Sand would be dumped from the top of the bluff and spread by bulldozers and loadersas required. The berm would cover an area of the existing rock revetment and alsocreate sand ladders for beach access. Design of the berm would place approximately 70