Impacts to Palo Alto from Sea Level and Groundwater Level Rise, Aug. 3rd, 6:40 pm

How will sea level and groundwater level rise impact Palo Alto?  What will be impacted?  How soon?  Find out by attending City Staff’s presentation to the Utilities Advisory Commission (UAC) this coming Wednesday, August 3rd, ~6:40 pm.   You can register for the Zoom Webinar here.  Meeting ID: 966 9129 7246   Phone: 1 (669) 900-6833.  Or watch live (but not comment) at https://www.youtube.com/c/cityofpaloalto.

Map from Staff’s January presentation to the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S/CAP) Ad Hoc Committee

To a greater or lesser degree, some directly, some indirectly, the results from a recent assessment the City conducted, show that all of us in Palo Alto will be impacted by sea level and groundwater level rise.  Reducing our City’s greenhouse gases is a major step in the right direction to diminish those impacts but due to the amount of greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere, some impacts are already baked in.

In its January presentation to the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S/CAP) Ad Hoc Committee, Staff said that there will be several opportunities for the public to participate, learn and discuss these results.  But from our perspective, it’s not too early for all of us to know the results of the study and to start planning for the impacts we expect.

We encourage you to find out what those impacts will be, approximately when we can expect them, and what we and the City can do to mitigate those impacts on our buildings, on our infrastructure and on our natural environment.  As this 8-year old says, in a 2-minute video regarding dewatering, but it applies equally well to climate change adaptation, “Palo Alto is full of smart people.  I’m sure you [we!] can figure out something.”

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