Continuing Action – Enhance our Region’s Ability to Adapt to the Consequences of Climate Change

The Shoreline Preservation Working Group advises SANDAG on issues related to the adopted Shoreline Preservation Strategy and opportunities for beach replenishment. Committee members include elected officials from the coastal cities and representatives from community groups, property owners, environmental groups, state and federal agencies, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

The Shoreline Preservation Working Group has held discussions on efforts to plan for and address sea level rise. SANDAG participates in the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative’s efforts to implement a $689,000 grant (received in early 2016) from NOAA’s Regional Coastal Resilience Grant Program. The project is helping to coordinate the local sea level rise initiatives underway, fill existing knowledge gaps in resilience planning, and engage scientific experts and community members. More info: www.resilientcoastlines.org

SANDAG continued to participate in the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative (SDRCC) and their efforts to coordinate climate adaption in the region. This included planning a Sea-Level Rise Working Group meeting. In addition, SANDAG staff attended and presented at the California Adaptation Forum in Sacramento.

SANDAG also attended a metting with FEMA staff regarding resiliency and adaptation. SANDAG continued work on an SB 1 Caltrans adaptation plannning grant focused on developing a sea-level rise guidance document and held a Shoreline Preservation Working Group meeting to receive feedback from working group members and the public on the outline of the document. SANDAG also continued the contracting process for a second SB 1 Caltrans adaptation planning grant with the SRCC to develop a regional adaptation needs assessment.