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.
Our Resilient Shore Program (RSP) combines advocacy, science, and education to mobilize communities to protect our Bay Area shoreline communities and parks from destruction by sea rise.
CESP’s RSP approach:
- raise public awareness about sea rise due to climate change;
- mobilize East Bay leaders in support of resilient shoreline solutions that consider green infrastructure rather than hardscape solutions (e.g. sea walls);
- engage the public in Visualizing Sea Rise events, marking off where the new shoreline will reach with 6 ½ feet of sea rise; and
- work with shoreline cities to integrate sea rise into land use planning.
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
Visualizing Sea Rise Events
CESP held its largest Visualizing Sea Rise event as part of Earth Day on April 21, 2018. 300 plus people were at the Albany shoreline.
We’re honored that world-renowned artist John Wehrle has allowed us to use his magnificent painting – “Rising Tide” – in our work on sea rise. His creative vision captures the moment.
Sneak peek of a few photos — many more in our gallery! Click here to view the photo gallery.
This image simulation shows the “new” Albany shoreline with 2 meter sea rise at King Tide
A special thanks to California State Parks Foundation’s 20th Earth Day Restoration & Cleanup presented by PG&E, sponsors of the event, and to our partners, The Watershed Project, City of Albany, East Bay Regional Park District, Clif Bar, and GROUNDWORKS Office.
CESP P.O. Box 6087, Albany, CA 94706 | Office: 510- 524-5000 | Cespmanager@eastshorepark.org |
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