Pacifica State Beach Managed Retreat



Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE)




This website provides an overview of the story of Pacifica State Beach and the physical climate adaptation project that took place there. It tells how the city battled chronic flooding and coastal erosion for decades. Although the city had tried structural stabilization techniques (e.g., armoring, channelization), the city remained at risk from flooding hazards and erosion. The city worked with various partners to purchase two homes and surrounding acreage. The city was then able to remove the homes, rebuild the dunes, and restore four acres of beach and the nearby estuary. The wetland project not only achieved 100-year flood protection for Pacifica, it also enhanced steelhead habitat in San Pedro Creek and cost substantially less because it required less physical construction compared to other proposed plans.

Climate Impact Tags

Flooding Sea level rise

Adaptation Planning Guide Phases

Phase 4: Implement, Monitor, Evaluate, and Adjust

Resource Type Tags

Communication or educational material Project or example


Extent: Pacifica


Last updated: July 14, 2024