As recent flooding during storms and King Tide events attest, the region is already being impacted by rising waters. With the ocean level expected to continue to rise in the future, more coastal flooding and erosion could become the “new normal.”
San Mateo County and local officials are taking steps to prepare for an increase in sea level, high tides and storms, and community input is critical. Check out what is in the works, find out how you can be involved, and—if you haven’t done so already—take the virtual reality tour at Coyote Point.
Coyote Point, San Mateo
The Impacts of a
Voices in the Community
Although the prospect of a future with continually rising sea level is daunting, the news isn’t all doom and gloom. Our county is a leader in preparing for these challenges, and the work we are doing now could serve as a model for other communities.
I’m excited about this opportunity to raise awareness about sea level rise and the County’s preparedness efforts among community members. This project allows us to increase public participation in the County’s planning efforts.
Sea level rise we can see coming a mile away. It may well be the defining event of our children’s generation.
Show your support for your community by participating in a region-wide response to the growing risk of coastal flooding.
Look Ahead—San Mateo is produced by Climate Access in partnership with Owlized and funded by FEMA, and is part of the County’s Sea Change SMC program which is supported by the California State Coastal Conservancy. The project includes a research project designed to test visualizations as a tool to engage communities in planning for climate disruption overseen by Dr. Susanne Moser in conjunction with Antioch University. All survey and audio data collected will remain anonymous and confidential, and kept separate from contact information voluntarily provided. Data and responses may be analyzed, synthesized and reported in scientific publications as part of this research.