Thank you all who attended Professor Kristina Hill’s presentation on the 24th! She is a terrific speaker; we had over 200 attendees and plenty of questions. For those of you who missed it, the presentation (download here) was videotaped and we will post the link to the video as soon as it’s available.
Main takeaways from this presentation:
- Palo Alto and other Bay Area cities are very vulnerable to the impacts of sea level rise, with significant impacts likely within the next 20 years.
- Ground water will rise with sea level rise, leading to significant ground water inundation risks well inland from Highway 101.
- Levees are not effective against groundwater rise.
- Possible solutions include digging ponds and canals and placing housing on pontoons in these water bodies.
But wait, Earth Week is not over yet! There are two upcoming water events we recommend:
- “Thirsty for Justice: The Struggle for the Human Right to Water” Saturday, April 27, 5 – 7 pm, Los Altos Library, Orchard Room, 13 S. San Antonio Rd., Los Altos, CA
2. Former Palo Alto mayor and environmentalist Peter Drekmeier speaking on “Local Water Supply and Conservation” Saturday, May 4th, noon – 3:30, Holbrook Palmer Park , 150 Watkins Ave., Atherton https://www.ci.atherton.ca.us/463/Earth-Day
It’s never too late to celebrate Mother Earth and life-giving water!