Surfer's Point Managed Shoreline Retreat Project
A dune resilience case study at Surfer's Beach, Ventura, CA combining adaptation strategies of habitat restoration, infrastructure realignment, and managed retreat.
This project highlights strong partnerships and a willingness to explore cutting edge engineering approaches to lead to a solution that worked with the natural processes at Surfers Point.
The Phase 1 of the project transformed an eroding parking lot and collapsing bike path into a cobble beach backed by dunes that has withstood strong El Niño storms and has protected the new bike path while providing continued public access to the beach. The project restored and widened the beach using native materials (cobble, sand) and dune planting by relocating infrastructure landward.
Phase II of this project involves maintenance and adaptation of some of the cobble berm and dune areas eroded by storms and relocating public amenities and parking.
Project Partners: ESA (Environmental Science Associates), RRM Design Group, Rincon Consultants, Coastal Restoration Consultants, Surfrider Foundation, City of Ventura, Ventura County Fairgrounds, State Coastal Conservancy, California State Parks, the California Coastal Commission and Surfrider Foundation