County Releases Draft Sea Level Rise Report

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The County this past week released the San Mateo County Draft Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment, a tool to guide the County and its cities in understanding and preparing for sea level rise.  Funded through a grant from the California State Coastal Conservancy, the Draft Assessment is an effort of Sea Change SMC, the County’s sea level rise initiative administered through the Office of Sustainability. 

Using best available sea level rise modeling and local data, the Draft Assessment provides an overview of how flooding and erosion from sea level rise could affect the County and its cities.  Specifically, the report includes an analysis of which assets (such as highways, hospitals, and parks) and communities are at risk from different amounts of sea level rise; detailed case studies on 30 representative assets (Asset Vulnerability Profiles); and chapters on adaptation planning and next steps.  As a reminder, the case studies are not a prioritized list of the most vulnerable assets, but rather meant to be representative of the different types of assets in the County and to provide a template to further evaluate vulnerability.  The report aims to increase awareness of the issue countywide and to provide a foundation for planning and projects that increase resilience and reduce risks.

The Draft Assessment can be downloaded here. The official press release announcing the release of the Draft Assessment can be viewed here

The County appreciates the public's engagement in this process, and look forward to your comments and feedback. The comment period will last until May 5th and all comments must be submitted using this online Comment Submission Form.

The County is also holding a number of workshops/presentations that offer an opportunity to learn more about the Draft Assessment and next steps, and ask clarifying questions.  For more information on upcoming events and to RSVP for the public workshops, click here.  They are also listed out below:

1. Presentation at the Board of Supervisors Meeting, April 11, 2017

2. Policy Advisory Committee and Technical Working Group Meeting, April 18, 2017

3. Community Task Force Meeting, April 24, 2017

4. Public Workshop #1
     Date: April 25, 2017. RSVP Here.
     Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
     Location: Lane Community Room, Burlingame Main Library,
     501 Primose Road, Burlingame, CA 94010

5. Public Workshop #2 
    Date: April 29, 2017. RSVP Here.
     Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
     Location: Ted Adcock Community Center,
     535 Kelly Ave., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

If you have any questions, please contact the County's Sea Change Project Team at seachangesmc@smcgov.org.