San Francisco Bay Sea Level Rise & Flood Strategy

Climate change doesn’t just mean a warming planet. It brings with it rising tides and more extreme weather events that endanger communities globally, and right here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

As recent winter storms have demonstrated, the Bay Area is vulnerable to flooding. This will only become worse as sea levels rise and severe storms become more common. Many shoreline communities lack adequate flood protection, and severe storms threaten hundreds of thousands of residents, billions of dollars of economic activity, and large amounts of public infrastructure.

Local governments have been slow to update their plans to address this risk largely because there is currently no regional strategy or regulatory mandates in place to address sea level rise and flooding.

That is why Save The Bay is acting to ensure that Bay Area governments create a climate-resilient regional plan for sea level rise and flooding. Our San Francisco Bay Sea Level Rise & Flood Strategy will guide our advocacy on regional flood resilience planning and help us create a more resilient region.

Key Principles

  • Prioritize nature-based solutions

    Prioritize nature-based solutions

    such as wetland restoration, horizontal levees, and green stormwater infrastructure.
     

  • Center the voices of front-line communities

    Center the voices of front-line communities

    in flood resilience planning.
     

  • Address risks and plan for the future

    Address risks and plan for the future

    by focusing development in low flood-risk areas, and applying new building standards that reflect the latest flood risk projection.

  • Prioritize nature-based solutions

    Prioritize nature-based solutions

    such as wetland restoration, horizontal levees, and green stormwater infrastructure.
     

  • Center the voices of front-line communities

    Center the voices of front-line communities

    in flood resilience planning.
     

  • Address risks and plan for the future

    Address risks and plan for the future

    by focusing development in low flood-risk areas, and applying new building standards that reflect the latest flood risk projection.

Read our San Francisco Bay Sea Level Rise & Flood Strategy to learn more about how sea level rise and flooding endanger the Bay Area, and what we can do to prepare our region.