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Sinking Bay Area could exacerbate risk of flooding in years to come

Original post made on Mar 9, 2018

Researchers say that sinking land in the Bay Area will increase the risk of flooding predicted for 2100 due to rising sea levels.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 9, 2018, 9:50 AM

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 9, 2018 at 5:24 pm

Bye bye Facebook! The sooner the better.


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 9, 2018 at 5:29 pm

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

whatever:

you think they can't afford to build dikes?


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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 9, 2018 at 5:55 pm

Menlo Voter
In which case they'll need to hire more little Dutch boys.


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Posted by No Easy Solutions
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 10, 2018 at 7:05 am

A tidal gate/lock at Golden Gate bay entrance is an option.

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Posted by No Easy Solutions
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 10, 2018 at 7:06 am

Tidal gate or lock at Golden Gate bay entrance is an option.

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Posted by Mr Science
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Mar 10, 2018 at 8:44 am

A giant desalination plant would work too. Pump fresh water out of the Bay really, really fast into the new trans delta tunnel that Gov Brown is pushing. This would solve the State’s fresh water problem too. Voilà, two problems solved with one action. And it can all be ours for less than the price of high speed rail.

So what do you want? Giant desalination plant to keep the low lands from flooding and provide lots of fresh water or high speed rail?


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Posted by Peter F Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Mar 10, 2018 at 10:34 am

From my 2017 Fire Board President’s Report:

Sea Level Rise Planning and Preparedness
Over the next few decades a large portion of the Eastern side of the Fire District (Menlo Park and
East Palo Alto) will be below sea level and an even larger portion will be subjected to significant
seasonal flooding. There has been no planning for this hazard and significant efforts need to be
made now to mitigate those flood hazards, to provide for a real time warning system that does
not rely on cell phones or the internet and to provide well thought out neighborhood evacuation
plans for all of the potentially impacted areas AND for the adjacent areas which will, of
necessity, serve as evacuation sites (whether planned for or not).
Reference: The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World
by Jeff Goodell
In addressing these challenges, I note with concern that there is a huge disconnect between the
Fire District’s responsibility to respond to these disasters and the County, Cities and Town’s
legal responsibilities for transportation design, approval of new commercial and residential
developments, disaster planning (including warning systems and evacuation plans) and post
disaster rebuilding.


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Posted by An Inconvenient Truth
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Mar 11, 2018 at 3:10 am

The National Academy of Sciences predicts depending on how much green house gases are released that the Pacific Ocean and hence the SF Bay water level will rise up to a foot in 12 years, 2 feet in 32 years and 5 feet in 82 years.

A one foot rise will put any land within a mile of the Bay underwater, 2 feet will cross the 101,

This Chicken Little effect is getting old guys, you're losing credibility,

Look back at "An Inconvenient Truth" and you will realize the sky may be falling but nothing near the rate Al Gore laid out.

Be realistic and maybe people will stop and listen. Gore said by 2015 we would all be swimming. You're only hurting your own credibility.

Follow the money, Do you really think all the Mega Tech companies would be building on waterfront landfill that would put them underwater in 5-10 years. "Cmon" give them a little credit, I trust their judgement more than Al Gore.


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Posted by Truther
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Mar 11, 2018 at 6:24 pm

"Gore said by 2015 we would all be swimming"

Link to that quote, please.


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Posted by No Easy Solutions
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 13, 2018 at 11:08 pm

@Inconvenient Truth, here is link to the transcript, please provide reference to Al Gore's quote
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