San Rafael Gets Funds For Canal Area Climate Change Project

Foundation: Marin Community Foundation

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Rising sea levels are already taking a toll on one California city, and it's going to get worse.

The San Rafael City Council on Tuesday approved a $762,000 grant to fund a three-year study that will look at ways to mitigate the effects of sea level rise on the city's shoreline, the Marin Independent Journal reports.

"This is an important project for the city as rising bay waters will affect the east San Rafael community first," says Mayor Kate Colin.

"The key aspects of this project is to explore the various options that can mitigate sea level rise, and engage with the community in both outlining and discussing the options."

The study will focus on the city's Canal neighborhood, but the project will include the entire shoreline area within the city's boundaries.

Possible solutions include ecotone levees, slopes that connect flood risk management levees to tidal marsh, and subtidal habitat restoration, per a staff report.

"There is a critical need to develop a community-informed climate adaptation feasibility study for the San Rafael Canal District and the entire San Rafael shoreline," says the executive officer of the State Coastal Conservancy, which contributed $700,000 to the project.

"This is no easy task, but the approach outlined in the scope of work for the project... Read the Entire Article

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