An August 10 Legislative Analyst's Office report by Gabriel Petek shows the projected sea levels will rise six inches by 2030; up to seven feet in 80 years. With this great rise in the sea level, it will cause detrimental damage to coastal cliffs, beaches, destroy coastal habitats, as well as cause flooding and rising groundwater levels.
The rising sea level could cause widespread flooding that could be devastating to the San Francisco Bay area infrastructure with risk potential to decrease or eliminate the use of roadways, rail lines, seaports, waterways, and airports. Additionally, potable and wastewater could be threatened, resulting in health concerns. Not only will the initial surge of flooding from the sea level rise in unison with major weather events cause widespread flooding, long-term secondary surges and floodwater regression will likely cause displaced communities and loss of employment.
The influence of sea-level rise on the Bay area urges officials to create financial strategies and coastal resilience plans to help combat rise. State and coastal communities can rely on specialist companies, such as The Craig Group to work on long-term milestone preparation goals for long-term solutions. Meanwhile, State and local officials can focus on immediate and short-term challenges, such as the Coronavirus Pandemic and economic recovery. The work done by The Craig Group aids in the success of making sure coastal communities like the San Francisco Bay area have actions and strategies in place for unfortunate disasters. Our work in Annapolis and other communities follows a four-step process that focuses on identifying the values within a community, engaging the stakeholders, government, and adaptation strategies.