Community Center of Harbor Bay Isle, 3195 Mecartney Road, Alameda
Flyer here. Speaker bios here. City of Alameda handouts on Climate Action here.
How will rising seas and increasingly frequent and intense storms impact Alameda? What can we do to protect our neighborhoods and shoreline?
Sea levels along the California coast are expected to rise 16 inches by 2050 and 55 inches by 2100, according to a 2009 California State Lands Commission report. Low-lying Alameda could be especially hard hit. FEMA’s flood map for Alameda, updated in December, show that approximately 2,000 Island parcels sit inside a 100-year flood plain, putting them at a higher anticipated risk of flooding. The city is updating its climate action and resilience plan in an effort to address these risks.
Our speaker panel at this forum will include:
Kristina Dahl, senior climate scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists. She will compare Alameda’s vulnerabilities to those that East Coast cities have already been forced to address by hurricanes or subsiding lands and will describe lessons learned that are applicable to Alameda.
Todd Hallenbeck, who is a GIS specialist for the Bay Conservation and Development Commission’s planning department. He will explain BCDC’s approach to coordinating regional adaptation to rising seas and the resources available to Bay communities like Alameda. He will highlight vulnerabilities of Alameda’s infrastructure and neighborhoods.
Arthur Feinstein, lead author of Sierra Club California’s policies for responding to sea level rise along California’s coast and bays. He will illustrate approaches that promise to allow Alameda to work with nature to build both social and ecological resilience to rising sea levels.
Erin Smith, the City of Alameda's Deputy Director of Public Works. As the City plans to release a draft Climate Action and Resiliency Plan on 14 May, she will describe some of the actions the city is considering to address flooding caused by rising seas and severe storms, including improvements in stormwater systems, berms and more sand dunes on existing beaches.
After the panel presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend. We hope to see you there!