San Mateo County Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment Study

On Friday June 5th, San Mateo held a kick-off meeting for the San Mateo County Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment Study. The purpose of this California Coastal Conservancy funded study is to identify and assess the community assets and natural resources that will be most affected by sea level rise and storm events along the San Mateo County bayshore and coastline from Half Moon Bay north.

The kick-off meeting was a great success, and had 125 people in attendance, including staff and elected officials from 19 of the 20 cities in San Mateo County, and representatives from over 30 agencies, special districts, businesses and other organizations.

If you were not available to attend, a video of the event and the PowerPoint slides will be posted shortly on the new website: http://seachangesmc.com/. This site will serve as a central resource for the work around the County on sea level rise and flood control, and will include links to important studies and reports. 

The vulnerability assessment study is the first step in taking action to prepare for future sea level rise and storm events. During the mapping exercise at the kickoff meeting, many important community assets and natural resource areas at risk from sea level rise and flooding were identified. 

At the event, San Mateo County’s new Climate Resiliency Specialist, Hilary Papendick, was also introduced, who will be overseeing the vulnerability assessment study. If you have any questions about the study, please contact Hilary at: hpapendick@smcgov.org or 650-363-4194.