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.
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:
Subregional Shoreline Plans
Online Mapping Platform
You can find more information in our two-pager overview here.
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.
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:
Sea level rise will impact all Bay Area shoreline communities, but it will hit some harder and faster. This includes San Rafael’s Canal neighborhood, which is one of the region’s most vulnerable communities.
The Bay Area faces an immense challenge with climate change. By 2100, the region could experience up to seven feet of sea level rise along its approximately 1,000-mile shoreline. However, this challenge also presents our region with an opportunity for profound change.
These days, the world of sea level rise adaptation in the Bay Area feels busier than ever. Just within Bay Adapt, many projects are underway to implement the tasks in the Joint Platform and many others are being planned. We have leadership groups, stakeholder groups, new staff, new partners, and many everyday successes and challenges.