New Grants to Address Sea-Level Rise

The State Coastal Conservancy has awarded the County of Marin $415,000 to support a major sea-level rise vulnerability assessment for Marin’s San Francisco Bay shoreline and conceptual designs on wetland restoration at Bolinas Lagoon.

The bay shoreline project, called Marin Bay Waterfront Adaptation Vulnerability Evaluation (aka Marin BayWAVE) will be fueled by a $250,000 grant approved by the conservancy on June 25.

Marin BayWAVE will engage staff in the County’s Community Development Agency (CDA), other municipal jurisdictions, elected officials and the public as the groups collaborate on developing action plans to address sea-level rise.

The funding will help CDA map areas that are expected to experience temporary flooding as well as permanent inundation in the future.

In addition, the Marin County Open Space District (MCOSD) will receive a $165,000 grant to develop conceptual designs for restoration of 25-35 acres of wetlands at the north end of Bolinas Lagoon on Marin’s Pacific coast to restore wetland, riparian, creek, and other resource values, and to improve the lagoon’s resiliency to rapid rise of sea level.

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