Considering the Costs of Coastal Adaptation

As coastal communities around the county, like Corte Madera, continue to deal with flooding from annual high tides or storm events, the country needs to start thinking about what type of investments will be necessary to protect or preserve those communities, how to assign or delegate resources, and how to strategically invest in adaptation and resilience. While the details may not be complete accurate (the study only considers developing sea walls and not other adaptation alternatives such as nature based solutions or relocation, this is an interesting thought piece about the need for investment and questions whether community can be protected.

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Sascha Petersen
June 2019 Project Update

As we near completion of the first six months of the Corte Madera Adaptation Planning process, the project is moving forward on a variety of fronts. The project team is nearing completion of the “Laying the Foundation” phase of developing a values based and science driven adaptation plan for the Town. Guided by a newly formed Resilience Advisory Committee, the project team conducted the first of three public engagement opportunities in early May. Over the summer, the project will focus on exploring Adaptation Options for the Town. Check out the full project update here.

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Sascha Petersen
Shoreline and Hillside Neighborhood Resilience Meetings

The Corte Madera Adaptation Planning process hosted the first of a series of community meetings on Resilience. The first meeting (May 8th at the Cove School) focused on shoreline neighborhoods and the current and future risk of coastal flooding. The second meeting (May 9th at the Community Center) focused on hillside neighborhoods and current and future risk of wildfire and precipitation driven flooding.

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Sascha Petersen
San Francisco Bay Shoreline Adaptation Atlas

Looking for opportunities to use nature based solutions to prepare for or reduce coastal flooding? Look no further than the recently released San Francisco Bay Shoreline Adaptation Atlas. The Atlas is a joint effort by SPUR and the San Francisco Estuary Institute, proposes a science-based framework for using nature to plan for climate adaptation in the Bay Area.

By combining both the needs of specific ecosystem/habitats and future sea level rise conditions, the atlas allows users to identify suitable restoration alternatives for a variety of Operational Landscape Units around the Bay.

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Sascha Petersen
Everywhere I looked, there was water...

On February 13, 2019, I was riding in the back seat of a white pick-up truck surveying the land - I could not recognize any of the normal features I had seen when I had toured the Town earlier that week during a dry-ish day. Everywhere I looked, there was water. I’m not talking drops of rain easily held off by an umbrella; it was like the atmosphere turned on a hose. To make matters worse, the tide was rising and the bay water was overtopping levees and natural features, adding to what felt like a giant swimming pool atop the Town. The sheer volume of water coming at me was a new experience for this Colorado native and now Southern Californian resident.

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Sascha Petersen
Resilience Advisory Committee Kick-off

A group of about 15 people from the Town, County, the school district, surrounding jurisdictions, and relevant local agencies met on February 14th, 2019 for a short informal kick-off meeting for the Corte Madera Adaptation Plan. The meeting held in Town Council chambers allowed people to get to know each other, share their thoughts on key climate challenges facing the Town and provided a brief overview of some of the climate projections and challenges facing the community.

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Sascha Petersen