CA - Fighting sea level rise together

Officials seek collaboration to fend off rising waters the Bayshore

To adequately prepare for the impacts of sea level rise, regional collaboration must be enhanced and a considerable investment by the state is needed and soon, according to the experts and officials who spoke at a hearing on sea level rise Friday in Foster City.

The well-attended event was convened by Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath, D-Encinitas, who was joined behind the dais by Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, Assemblyman Marc Berman, D-Palo Alto, and Assemblyman Mark Stone, D-Santa Cruz. The group received presentations from a series of panels about the impacts of sea level rise on coastal cities, specifically Bay Area ones, as well as what has and needs to be done to address the problem.

“Unfortunately this county of San Mateo is projected to be one of the most impacted in the state when it comes to sea level rise due to climate change,” Mullin said, noting that sea level rise is already causing erosion on the coastside of the county while the eastside of Highway 101 and SFO are at risk of being inundated by flooding. “The property losses, economic losses and the loss of basic services such as power and the sewer system are real impacts of sea level rise that we must plan for.”

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