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

Additionally, SANDAG continues to participate in the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative (SDRCC) and their efforts to coordinate climate adaptation in the region; this included attending the SDRCC quarterly meeting focused on adaptation and sea-level rise, as well as the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA) quarterly meeting with State representatives. In addition, SANDAG began the contracting process for the Caltrans adaptation planning grant by submitting a request for proposals to the environmental on-call consultants and conducting interviews.