Sea-level rise forum coming up

How will rising seas impact Alameda, and what can we do to protect our neighborhoods and shoreline? Find out at the League of Women Voters of Alameda’s upcoming forum, “Saving Alameda from Sea Level Rise,” which will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at the Harbor Bay Community Center, 3195 Mecartney Road. 

Sea levels along the California coast are expected to rise 16 inches by 2050 and 55 inches by 2100, according to a 2009 California State Lands Commission report. Low-lying Alameda could be especially hard hit. 

FEMA’s flood map for Alameda, updated last December, shows that approximately 2,000 Island parcels sit inside a 100-year flood plain, putting them at a higher anticipated risk of flooding. The city is updating its climate action and resilience plan in an effort to address these risks.

Panelists scheduled to present at the forum include Kristina Dahl, senior climate scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists; Todd Hallenbeck, a GIS specialist for the Bay Conservation and Development Commission; Arthur Feinstein, lead author of Sierra Club California’s policies for responding to sea-level rise along California’s coast and bays; and City of Alameda Deputy Public Works Director Erin Smith. After the panel presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. We hope to see you there!


Georgia Gates Derr & Michele Ellson, LWV Alameda