University of California, San Diego
(University of California San Diego)
Blacks Beach Access Road Emergency Repairs
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Emergency vehicular access to Blacks Beach has become inaccessible due to a road collapse caused as a result of the recent storm and tidal surge activity. The final stretch of the emergency access road (approximately 100 linear feet with a 5 foot vertical drop) to Blacks Beach is no longer passable by City of San Diego Lifeguard, Fire Department, and Emergency Medical Service vehicles responding to "on beach" emergencies. This emergency access road has been the primary access point for the last 15+ years. UC San Diego is the agency responsible for maintaining this point of access. Without the access point, emergency responders need to access the beach either several miles to the north or a mile to the south. In addition, during high tide events, this area becomes inaccessible from both directions, leaving the citizens who utilize the Black Beach area, unprotected, or at beast protected by assets that are too far away to be effective to assist in water emergencies. For this reason, the University proposes an interim emergency solution that involves reestablishment of the slope revetment system (a course layer of base rock consisting of 1 foot minus quarry run and capped off with ½ ton minimum rip rap). The infill behind the revetment will be compacted fill to provide a driving surface to access the beach. UC San Diego, partnering with the City of San Diego, needs to make these immediate repairs so that emergency access can be restored at the earliest possible time. It is the University's intent to first restore minimal emergency lifeguard access and as the winter storm season subsides to evaluate a more permanent reliable point of access to Blacks Beach.
Based on the above project description, the proposed project is classified as exempt from the provisions of CEQA under Sections 15269 (B)(c) emergency project. The emergency repairs to publically owned service facilities are necessary to maintain service essential to the public health, safety and welfare. Specifically, the immediate reconstruction of the access road is needed to ensure Lifeguard, Fire Department, and Emergency Medical Service vehicles can once again quickly reach the site of an on-beach emergency.