Almost 6,000 parcels and critical infrastructure (e.g. waste water treatment plants and transportation corridors) in southern San Mateo County and Palo Alto are vulnerable to tidal flooding, given sea level rise. Also, most cities are considering land use changes that would increase the number of people vulnerable to this type of flooding.
No public agency in this area has an approved strategy to provide protection from tidal flooding. Without protection, businesses, residents and anyone dependant on the services located in these areas will be vulnerable to the negative effects of tidal flooding. Also, stream related flood protection systems could be compromised if they do not tie into a tidal protection system.
The San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority (SFCJPA) is developing options for tidal flood protection which could lead to a regional strategy to provide tidal flood protection. In addition to cities investing in this effort, Facebook is also investing. The SFCJPA’s project is called “Strategy to Advance Flood Protection, Ecosystems and Restoration” (SAFER Bay).
The League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County and Palo Alto are holding a public informational meeting on SAFER Bay on January 28th at 7:00 PM at the Menlo Park Arrillaga Family Recreation Center- Oak Room, located at 700 Alma Street. The speaker will be Len Materman, executive Director of the SFCJPA. Everyone is welcome.
The Leagues are sponsoring this information meeting because it is important that local residents and businesses understand the current and future risks of tidal flooding and be knowledgeable of the flood protection options being considered.
Photo of Len Materman at the San Mateo bike/pedestrian bridge over San Francisquito Creek by Scott R. Kline