Establishing a Resilient Shoreline to Protect Against the Destruction of Sea Level Rise
About CESP’s Resilient Shoreline Program
An urgent area CESP is addressing is the effect of sea rise along the San Francisco Bay shoreline. The predicted two meter (6.5 feet) sea rise over the coming decades, along with the increase in storms and king tides, will cause massive erosion, habitat destruction and flooding along our shoreline. Whole sections of freeways (80, 580) will be inundated, beaches lost, lowland communities flooded and habitat destroyed if we do not take steps now.
CESP is in the organizing and study stage of addressing sea rise on our shoreline. We are working with other organizations and elected officials from Fremont to Hercules, examining practical approaches to green infrastructure solutions that can mitigate sea level rise and prevent coastal destruction. This added focus on a resilient shoreline is a natural extension of our 30-year effort to protect open space and develop a unified shoreline park along the Bay’s eastern shoreline.
Climate change adds urgency to expanding the amount of shoreline protected from development. Open space along the shoreline provides expanded opportunities to implement mitigation and larger-scale restoration efforts compared to areas with development abutting the shoreline.
CESP is building a grand coalition of leaders in the East Bay. The goal is to gather the political will and momentum to gain funding (from federal, state and local sources) for a resilient shoreline.
Current partners include:
- City of Albany
- City of Berkeley
- City of El Cerrito
- City of Emeryville
- City of Richmond
- Citizens Committee to Complete the Refuge
- Oro Loma Sanitary District
Earth Day is coming on April 21st. You are invited to join CESP on this special day.
Save the Date!
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Citizens for East Shore Parks presents
VISUALIZING SEA-LEVEL RISE
As part of the Earth Day Shoreline Cleanup
at McLaughlin Eastshore State Park- Albany Beach
in collaboration with the California State Parks Foundation and its 20th Earth Day Restoration & Cleanup presented by PG&E; and the City of Albany; and The Watershed Project
Please join Citizens for East Shore Parks (CESP) at the Albany shoreline to see where the “new” shoreline will be with 2-meters of sea rise by the end of this century. After local scientists and public officials share causes of climate change, possible resilient shoreline solutions and plans to prevent this destruction, volunteers will march with sea blue banners along the 2-meter sea-level rise mark to show just how far inland the sea will come. And, bring your smiles and dancing shoes too- we will have a photo booth where you can pose with sea creatures that might be moving inland and music to brighten the day!
When: CESP will have a booth at the Earth Day event which runs from 9:00am-1:00pm. Come early and participate in the Albany Cleanup 9:00am-11am. The Visualizing Sea-level Rise event time is 11:00am-1:00pm.
Where: McLaughlin Eastshore State Park, Albany Beach. End of Buchanan Street (1 Buchanan St.).
Please REGISTER: www.calparks.org/earthday
CESP Visualized Sea-level Rise in Richmond during the North Richmond Shoreline Festival on October 7, 2017.
Link to North Richmond Shoreline Festival website: http://www.northrichmondshoreline.org/festival.htm
CESP held the second Visualizing Sea-level Rise event in McLaughlin Eastshore State Park, Berkeley on July 29, 2017.
The Berkeley shoreline with 2-meters of sea-level rise. Image produced by GROUNDWORKS Office
CESP held the first Visualizing Sea-level Rise Event in the Jack London neighborhood, Oakland on April 22, 2017.
The first Visualizing Sea-level Rise event was a success. We raised awareness about sea-level rise along Oakland’s waterfront and engaged approximately 30 volunteers. The event was featured on 4 media outlets, KGO-TV, NBC Bay Area, The Pioneer (CSU East Bay’s newspaper) and KPFA-FM. Click here for the KPFA-FM newscast; Robert Cheasty’s interview begins at 9 minutes and 51 seconds.
Special thanks to speakers:
Robert Cheasty, Executive Director, CESP
Jeremy Lowe, Sr. Environmental Scientist, San Francisco Estuary Institute
Mary Nicely, District Director, Office of Assemblymember Tony Thurmond
Shirley Dean, Board President, CESP
Special thanks to sponsors:
Oro Loma Sanitary District
Citizens Committee to Complete the Refuge
and A Special Gift in Memory of Sylvia McLaughlin
Special thanks to volunteers who helped make this event happen:
Event prep, organizing, and coordination:
Sally Douglas Arce
Overall event guidance:
The CESP Resilient Shoreline Committee
Visualizing Sea-level Rise event photos
Sylvia McLaughlin Memorial Walk
Sylvia McLaughlin Memorial Walk during a King Tide with Berkeley Path Wanderers Association, 12/15/2016 – Co-leaders: Robert Cheasty, CESP; Susan Schwartz, Friends of Five Creeks; and Doris Sloan, PhD, CESP