CA - Climate Change: San Francisco begins project to combat rising sea levels with sand berm at Ocean Beach

San Francisco (KGO)-The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the US Army Corps of Engineers celebrated the Ocean Beach Nourishment Project on Thursday, a project aimed at confronting climate change issues.

“San Francisco is experiencing sea-level rise, including on the sea side of the city, and chronic erosion in the region threatens critical wastewater infrastructure that protects San Francisco’s water quality.” Explained the project manager.

The plan is to build a sand berm to protect the southern part of Ocean Beach.

Pamela Patton, project manager for the US Army Corps of Engineers, said:

Dredgers carry sand from the seabed and pour it onto the beach. The beach section between Sloat Boulevard and Fort Funston is currently closed.

The sand berms they plan to build protect buildings such as zoos, wastewater treatment plants, and infrastructure such as roads and pipes. Officials say the effects of climate change would be devastating if dog runs were not built.

“Ultimately, the cliffs here that protect the critical wastewater infrastructure continue to erode and expose that infrastructure, and we here spill sewage and stormwater onto the beach, breaking our main pipeline. It can happen, “Roche said.

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