Elected officials speak on local threat of sea level rise


State Sen. Jerry Hill, Assemblyman Rich Gordon and county supervisors Dave Pine and Don Horsley spoke of the importance of preparing San Mateo County for sea level rise at a public event on Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Genentech headquarters in South San Francisco.

According to Hilary Papendick, county climate resiliency specialist, the Bay Area is one of the top 10 most vulnerable areas to sea level rise in the country, and San Mateo County is the most vulnerable area in the state.

The county is currently conducting a vulnerability assessment to see just how severe the damage could be, in situations of gradual sea level rise and in "worst case scenario" disaster conditions, combining the effects of sea level rise with El Nino patterns and a 100-year storm.


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Posted by John Englander
a resident of another community
on Feb 4, 2016 at 8:01 pm

It is good to see County Supervisor Dave Pine and Assemblyman Rich Gordon continue to lead on the issue of flooding from weather related events, king tides, and long term sea level rise. Though I am not based in California, I have had the privilege to work with each of them over the last few years. They are leaders who grasp that we are entering a new era with flooding that will continue to increase. They are visionary leaders to help prepare their constituencies and the wider Bay Area for this unprecedented challenge even though it will continue to roll out far beyond their respective terms in office. Having advised in various locations in the US and Internationally, I can say that they exemplify responsible leadership. Preparing for rising seas will be a new kind of challenge. We have time to adapt, but no time to waste.

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