Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Sea Level Rise Planning.

Climate change is now a reality--but what does that mean for our coasts?   One only needs to harken back to "Super Storm Sandy' to see how larger, and more powerful storms, wreck havoc on coastal resources.  But how will incremental changes unfold?

Sea Level Rise (SLR) will inevitably impact coastal resources.  Surfrider Foundation is striving to better understand exactly how climate change will alter our coast and what we can do to mitigate harm to nearshore ecosystems, public access and recreation.

Fortunately the Coastal Commission is also taking climate change seriously and has recently released a SLR Guidance document.   This document will help local municipalities and planning agencies implement policy changes that will not only protect coastal resources, but will also safeguard California's pocket book by implementing long-term, comprehensive land management.

The Commission is taking comments from the public on their document.  We strongly encourage people to get involved.  Surfrider will be submitting a formal comment letter on the document and will be presenting testimony at the December hearing.   If you want to better understand the issue,  read the document and sign up for a webinar the CCC is hosting.

We will keep you updated as the process unfolds.


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