C-SMART Stakeholder on KWMR
C-SMART stakeholder advisory committee member Jeff Loomans gave a radio interview about the Local Coastal Program and the importance of the community rallying to support it at the April 19th BOS hearing. Listen to Jeff’s interview, beginning halfway through the broadcast, at KWMR.org.
County Supervisors complete approval of Local Coastal Program Amendments
After seven years of community input, amendments to the Local Coastal Program (LCPA) received the OK from the Marin County Board of Supervisors on April 19 and are one step away from approval by the California Coastal Commission. Policies around Environmental Hazards drew heavily from the intensive effort invested in the “Collaboration: Sea Level Marin Adaptation Response Team” (C-SMART) program. A key approach includes requiring homeowners’ to elevate or otherwise retrofit homes to withstand flooding to meet the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) requirement for development in flood-risk areas and to provide for protection from three feet of sea level rise (SLR), a median estimate for SLR over the next 50 years. Additionally, new development must disclose and assume personal responsibility for longer-term risks over at least 100 years. The Plan also commits the County to undertake long-term research and monitoring, and to update policies over time to reflect the best available science.
County staff will continue to work closely with Coastal Commission staff and members of the public leading up to a Coastal Commission hearing on the LCP later this year. All the documents approved by the Board are located here. For updates, subscribe to receive emailed updates or check www.MarinLCP.org.
Hundreds of Thousands in Bay Area Will be Displaced by Sea Level Rise
A new study predicts a grim future for people living in low-lying coastal areas of the Bay Area and across the nation as sea levels rise. By the end of this century, researchers predict 13.1 million people could be displaced by rising waters. The study was done at the University of Georgia and published online in the journal Nature Climate Change. It is the first to couple the risk of sea level rise (SLR) with projected population growth, and warns that preventative strategies that don’t take both into account, will fail.