The Coastal Conservancy and Climate Change
The Coastal Conservancy’s Climate Ready Program is helping natural resources and human communities along California’s coast and San Francisco Bay adapt to the impacts of climate change, such as rising sea levels, beach and bluff erosion, extreme weather events, flooding, increasing temperatures, changing rainfall patterns, decreasing water supplies, and increasing fire risk. The Conservancy is also working to capture greenhouse gases from the atmosphere through the conservation of natural and working lands.
In 2007 the Conservancy incorporated specific measures to address climate change in its strategic planning. In 2009 the Conservancy adopted a comprehensive Climate Change Policy that informs all aspects of its work and amended its Project Selection Criteria to ensure that all Conservancy projects are designed with climate change in mind. In 2012, the legislature and governor empowered the Conservancy with specific authority (SB 1066, Lieu) to prepare for and adapt to the effects of climate change and take action against its causes.
The Conservancy’s Climate Ready Program is focused on supporting planning, project implementation and multi-agency coordination to advance actions that will increase the resilience of coastal communities and ecosystems. Through its Climate Ready Grant rounds, the Conservancy has awarded $10.7 million for 57 projects; click here for a list of projects funded. In addition, the Conservancy is working on dozens of other Climate Ready Projects; examples of these projects are provided below.
We have also created a grant program with the Marin Community Foundation to support innovative projects that are developing and testing nature-based solutions to protect shorelines and adapt to sea level rise in Marin County.
|Sea Level Rise Adaptation Planning
The Conservancy is helping many communities assess the vulnerability of their communities and natural resources to sea level rise and create adaptation plans to counter threats of sea level rise. We fund technical tools and studies that help understanding and planning for sea level rise impacts.
The Conservancy is helping to plan, design, and implement living shorelines throughout the state that use oyster beds, wetlands, dunes, and other natural habitats to buffer the impacts of rising seas and increased storm events while providing multiple benefits.
|Rangeland and Agricultural Adaptation
The Conservancy is helping rangeland and agricultural lands adapt to changing climates including grazing operations, grassland restoration, and water and soil conservation projects such as water catchments and storage design.
Climate change has been driven by greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions into the atmosphere and the Conservancy is working to protect natural and working lands that remove and capture these gases in photosynthesis. Projects include acquisitions of coastal forests, wetland restoration, carbon banking, and carbon farming.
Global warming, drought, and runoff from extreme storms threaten the well-being of millions of urban residents. Conservancy funding is supporting inner-city projects that are creating shady retreats for residents, conserving rainwater, capturing stormwater pollution, and reducing air temperatures.
PBS NewsHour with Cat Wise – Restored wetlands welcome wildlife around San Francisco Bay
To download a PDF of Conservancy’s Climate Ready projects click here.
To download a brochure of the Coastal Conservancy’s Climate Ready program, click here.
Climate Change News
- News Release: Dredged Sediment from San Francisco Bay to be used for Wetland RestorationOAKLAND, CA – This summer, in an innovative contract, sediment dredged from within the San Francisco Bay will be placed at Bay restoration sites to support healthy wetlands, rather than offloaded into the ocean or Bay. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE or The Corps) maintains federal navigation channels in the Bay for shipping, […] (Read more on News Release: Dredged...)
- 6/12 Webinar: Cardiff Beach Living Shoreline ProjectPlease join us for a webinar on Wednesday, June 12 from 12-1pm to hear from Evyan Sloane of the Coastal Conservancy on the Cardiff Beach Living Shoreline Project. Collaborators and stakeholders celebrated the multi-benefit natural infrastructure project in May 2019 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The project protects Highway 101 and provides ecological benefits to biodiversity […] (Read more on 6/12 Webinar: Cardiff...)
- Coastal Conservancy Awards $12.5 Million for Coastal Restoration and Protection ProjectsSACRAMENTO – Today, the Board of the State Coastal Conservancy awarded over $12.5 million in grants for the protection and restoration of California’s coast and the San Francisco Bay. Grantees included public agencies, cities and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations whose purposes are consistent with the Conservancy’s enabling legislation. Among the grants awarded were $3.9 million to […] (Read more on Coastal Conservancy Awards...)