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Ocean Beach Middle Reach

A plan for this San Francisco beach area to re-establish a more native dune morphology and ecosystem by recontouring and revegetating sand embankments.

This 3.5-mile stretch of sand along San Francisco's Pacific coast is an important piece of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It is also home to major elements of San Francisco's wastewater and stormwater infrastructure.

The existing “dunes” are actually sand embankments, constructed as part of the Clean Water Program, and vegetated with non-native grasses and ice plant. Recontouring and revegetating these embankments to introduce a native dune morphology and ecosystem would provide ecological benefits by reintroducing a scarce and fragile coastal ecosystem, would increase the visibility of the ocean from the Great Highway and may provide some improvements in sand management by reducing the existing embankment’s tendency to launch windborne sand long distances.

Project Partners: State of California Coastal Conservancy, California Coastal Commission, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, US Army Corps of Engineers (SF District), San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, San Francisco Department of Public Works, San Francisco Recreation and Parks, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, and the San Francisco Planning Department

Project Status

In Planning

Point of Contact

Eric Jolliffe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District

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