Release of San Mateo County Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment (tentative)

October 5

CuriOdyssey Community Day at Coyote Point

Fall 2018

Construction begins on Coyote Point Eastern Promenade pocket beach project (tentative)

Next Steps for Sea Change SMC

Phase I: Finish Assessing Vulnerability

Following completion of the Assessment, the County plans to complete the vulnerability assessment for the South Coast portion of the County, which is not included in this report. This portion of the County includes south of Half Moon Bay to the County border. This assessment will include the Pescadero area.

The County also plans to more thoroughly assess impacts of sea level rise to county facilities and key sectors, such as wastewater treatment facilities, transportation networks, or habitat areas.

County staff also plan to support San Mateo County cities in further assessing vulnerability, including through the development of an online viewer, access to data through the County’s Open Data Portal system, and through regular coordination meetings.

Phase II: Begin Resilience Planning

The County plans to begin adaptation planning by focusing on priority areas. The planning process will include the development of near, mid- and long-term strategies to reduce risk. At the same time, County staff plan to develop a toolkit to assist the County and cities in addressing sea level rise as part of planning documents, including Climate Action Plans, General Plans/ Local Coastal Programs, and Capital Improvement Plans. This step also includes working in partnership with the City/County Association of Governments and local city agencies to identify governance and funding options for addressing sea level rise.

Increasing Public Awareness of Sea Level Rise and Participation in Planning

The County plans to continue its sea level rise public outreach efforts through innovative virtual reality viewers, public workshops, the Youth Exploring Sea Level Rise Science program, the County’s Sea Level Rise Community Task Force, and through partnerships with community groups and others.