Regional Shoreline Adaptation Plan

Ensuring governments and communities across the region are working together to achieve consistent standards for shared adaptation success.

About this Project

Rising sea levels from climate change are already encroaching along our shorelines and will only accelerate in the coming decades. The impacts of sea level rise – and resources to plan and prepare for them – are unevenly distributed across the nine-county Bay Area. If everyone “goes it alone,” we risk maladaptation – catastrophic consequences such as unintentional flooding of our neighbors, leaving behind communities most at risk and with the least resources to adapt, the loss of our essential and invaluable coastal habitats, and missing out on opportunities to find shared solutions that benefit both local communities and the region as a whole.

 

The Regional Shoreline Adaptation Plan is a region-wide plan for the Bay shoreline that guides the creation of coordinated, locally-planned sea level rise adaptation actions that work together to meet regional goals.

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Rising Sea Level and the Bay Area: Our Region’s Shared Challenge and Opportunity

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The Regional Shoreline Adaptation Plan will set the region on a path towards more coordinated and consistent local adaptation planning that advances our shared goals together. The Regional Shoreline Plan Adaptation will be collaboratively developed and include:

  1. Regional Guidelines 
  2. Subregional Shoreline Plans
  3. Online Mapping Platform 

You can find more information in our two-pager overview here.

The Regional Shoreline Adaptation Plan is being guided and developed by a broad range range of stakeholders. This includes:

The Regional Shoreline Plan Advisory Group includes key individuals that provide subject matter expertise across core topics of the Regional Shoreline Adaptation Plan. Members of the Advisory Group include:

  • Aaron Burnett, Canal Alliance
  • Adam Varat, Port of San Francisco
  • Adrian Covert, Bay Area Council
  • Anthony Khalil, Bayview Hunters Point Community Advocates
  • Ariana Rickard, Sonoma Land Trust
  • Arthur Feinstein, Sierra Club
  • Aundi Mevoli, San Francisco Baykeeper
  • Brenda Goeden (she/her), BCDC
  • Brian Holt, East Bay Regional Parks
  • Carin High, Committee to Complete the Refuge
  • Danielle Mieler, City of Alameda
  • Diana Perez-Domencich^, Bay Area Air Quality Management District
  • Ella McDougall, Ocean Protection Council
  • Emily Corwin, Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District
  • Jasneet Sharma, County of Santa Clara
  • Jeanette Weisman, MTC/ABAG
  • Jemma Williams, San Francisco Bay Joint Venture
  • Jeremy Lowe, San Francisco Estuary Institute
  • Jessica Davenport, State Coastal Conservancy
  • John Bourgeois, Santa Clara Valley Water
  • John Briscoe, Briscoe, Ivester & Bazel
  • Josh Bradt, Bay Area Regional Collaborative
  • Josh Quigley, Save the Bay
  • JR DeLaRosa, Cal Office of Emergency Sservices
  • Julie Beagle, US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Karen Pierce^, San Francisco Department of Public Health
  • Kate Hagemann, City of San Rafael
  • Keta Price, The Hood Planner
  • Kristina Hill, UC Berkeley
  • Laura Feinstein, SPUR
  • Makena Wong, San Mateo County Flood and Sea Level Rise Resiliency District (OneShoreline)
  • Matt Maloney, MTC/ABAG
  • Miyko Harris-Parker, San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority
  • Paul Campos, Building Industry Association
  • Roger Leventhal, Marin County Flood Control District
  • Ryan Hernandez, Contra Costa County Water Agency
  • Sahrye Cohen, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Stuart Siegel, SF Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Tian Feng, Bay Area Regional Transit 
  • Todd Sax, Department of Toxic Substances Control California Environmental Protection Agency
  • Vishal Ream-Rao, Caltrans
  • Xavier Fernandez, Water Boards

^Individuals who signified they are not representing their agency/organization in an official capacity.

In 2021, BCDC adopted the Bay Adapt Joint Platform – endorsed by over 55 cities, counties, non-profits, and more – lays out the actions necessary to protect the region from rising sea levels. The Regional Shoreline Adaptation Plan is an implementing project of the Joint Platform and will serve as a model for the State of California for how numerous jurisdictions across a shared region can work together to achieve coordinated planning and implementation for resilience.

OUTREACH AND PUBLIC WORKSHOPS

Over 130 members of the public joined the first Public Workshop for the Regional Shoreline Adaptation Plan (RSAP) Guidelines. This meeting included presentations and virtual breakout room to discuss draft visions for Bay Area sea level rise adaptation. Meeting materials are available here:

Want to learn more about the RSAP?

– How are we building on existing Bay Area work?

What is SB272, the Laird Bill, and how does it affect our work?

How are we embedding equity into the process?

How are data and tools being used in the RSAP?

PROJECT MATERIALS AND DOCUMENTS

Check out the newest video on the Regional Shoreline Adaptation Plan “Rising Sea Level and the Bay Area: Our Region’s Shared Challenge and Opportunity here.

Timeline

  • Project Kickoff

    January 2023

  • Consultant Onboarding

    February - June 2023

  • Vision and Measures of Success

    July - October 2023

  • Subregional Adaptation Plans

    November 2023 -
    February 2025

  • Guidelines and Incentives

    March - July 2024

  • Final Draft and Public Comment

    August - September
    2024

  • Adoption of the Guidelines

    Anticipated October - November
    2024

Questions or Comments?

Contact Jaclyn Mandoske (Senior Climate Adaptation Planner)

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