Online forum to discuss sea level rise impacts

Sea level rise impacts on SFO, nearby communities, subject of online forum

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An online community forum on Thursday will discuss projected impacts of sea level rise and flooding in Brisbane, South San Francisco, San Bruno, Millbrae and Burlingame, and what’s being done to address them.

The forum, taking place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., will feature panelists including San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine, who is also chair of San Mateo County Flood and Sea Level Rise Resiliency District, also known as OneShoreline; Burlingame City Councilmember Donna Colson, a OneShoreline board member; and OneShoreline CEO Len Materman.

Along with panelist presentations, staff from several cities and the San Francisco International Airport will be available to answer questions from community members. A Q&A period moderated by the League of Women Voters will follow panelist presentations.

OneShoreline is an agency tasked with addressing the impact of sea level rise, flooding and coastal erosion on critical infrastructure in the County.

“Researchers project that sea levels in San Mateo County could rise by six inches by 2030 and 1 to 2 feet by 2050,” forum organizers said. “The many places we all love — including our network of roadways, levees, energy and wastewater infrastructure — could be impacted.”

OneShoreline details those projected impacts on local communities — and efforts to mitigate them — on its website here. Among the efforts is the Bay Shoreline Project, which aims to protect infrastructure at SFO as well as in Burlingame, San Bruno and Millbrae.

Those wanting to attend Thursday’s forum are asked to register in advance here. English, Spanish, and Mandarin audio feeds will be offered. The event will later be posted to YouTube.

Photo courtesy of OneShoreline