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Coastal Erosion Assessment Program

San Diego's coastline is a regional resource enjoyed each year by its residents as well as hundreds of thousands of visitors to our City. It is one of the primary reasons people choose to live here and tourists choose to visit. Therefore it is critical that we manage this resource responsibly and respond to its varied needs.

In 1993, a City-commissioned survey of the San Diego coastline was completed. The Inventory of Site Conditions identified and ranked 131 sites from Torrey Pines to Point Loma. These sites range from coastal roads to sea walls, stairways, walkways and bluffs. The study prioritized 71 sites for improvement. The total cost is estimated to be between $15 million and $20 million.

Because of the dynamic nature of bluff erosion, new sites are regularly added to this list as conditions warrant. As site conditions change, existing sites may increase in priority and/or new sites may be added.

To obtain information on the development of California coastal zone, please visit the California Coastal Commission.