Sea Level Change Adaptation Strategies

Kepping Bay Projects Moving! Workshop Series 2010

Our Keeping Bay Projects Moving! WORKSHOP SERIES 2010 concluded with Workshop 3: Wednesday, November 17 Sea Level Change Adaptation Strategies: Innovations for the Bay’s Future. It was another in-depth look at what’s been happening at the local, regional, and state levels in shoreline vulnerability assessments, risk management decision-making tools, and the BCDC Bay Plan Amendments on Climate Change process.

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URS Corporation
Wednesday, November 17
Workshop Goals

1. Update on local and regional activities addressing sea level change since BPC’s April, 2010 Annual Decisionmakers Conference
2. Discuss recommendations on BCDC’s Climate Change Bay Plan Amendments and regional strategy process
3. Identify sea level change decision-making tools involving adaptive management strategies (i.e., land use planning and engineering design that accommodates sea level change over specified planning horizons/scenarios)
4. Presentation of case studies applying an adaptive management approach (e.g., Hayward shoreline, Candlestick Point)
5. Evaluate usefulness of adaptive management strategies for multiple benefits (e.g., dredged material management, wetland restoration, TMDL compliance)

Workshop Overview (8:30 a.m. – 8:35 a.m.)

Welcome and setting the stage: Ellen Joslin Johnck, Executive Director, Bay Planning Coalition, and Louis Armstrong, Vice President and Manager, URS Corporation

Panel 1 (8:35 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.)

Local and Regional Activities; BCDC Bay Plan Amendments on Climate Change

Kristina Lawson, Land Use & Environmental Shareholder, Miller Starr Regalia—Moderator

Abe Doherty, Project Specialist, California Ocean Protection Council, California State Coastal Conservancy—California’s Climate Change Action Team

Will Travis, Executive Director, BCDC—BCDC’s Bay Plan Amendments

Joan Lundstrom, Mayor, City of Larkspur

Panel 2 (9:05 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)

Adaptation Management Strategies

Dilip Trivedi, Supervisory Engineer, Moffatt & Nichol—Moderator

Erik Pearson, Senior Planner, City of Hayward—Hayward shoreline study

Steven Messner, Principal, ENVIRON Corp.—Case study

Craig Conner, Program Manager, Flood Risk Management, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers—Scenario: Planning in the Delta

Peggy Lobnitz, President, Pika Environmental LLC—Decision-making tools, Port of LA and other

Len Cardoza, Senior Technical Advisor, Weston Solutions—South Bay Shoreline Study

Panel 3 (11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

Feedback and Perspectives from Business and Local Government

Tara Castro Narayanan, Litigation Shareholder, Miller Starr Regalia—Moderator

Armin Munévar, CH2M HILL—Case study presentation

Speaker TBA, Oakland Airport

Sean Marciniak, Associate, Miller Starr Regalia—Insurance issues

Background information:

It’s been six months since BPC’s Annual San Francisco Bay Decisionmakers Conference, “Climate Change 3.0: Policies and Decisions for a Changing Landscape.”  At that conference, we took an in-depth look at both carbon management and sea level change as faces of climate change caused by global warming.  We agreed we must become more engaged in developing innovative ideas and strategic solutions in both areas.  On sea level change, we have since been very involved in the BCDC Climate Change Bay Plan amendment process and tracking, coordinating and developing policy and guidance for shoreline facility protection and land use planning.