Author: Ariel Okamoto

(Y)our Places ~ Where’s your local creek, slough, shoreline, community?

On AcclimateWest, we write about real places and real people on waterfronts, creek fronts, or shorelines interacting with San Francisco Bay and rising sea levels. We've chosen these waterways as places to start our explorations, but plan to expand as we hear more of your stories. Click on one of the places below for a snapshot of these frontline shorelines! San Rafael Canal The San Rafael Canal is both a beacon for boaters and a monkey on the back of city planners. The waterway offers beautiful views of hilly Marin County, drawing kayaks and paddlers to make their way...

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San Francisco Estuary, Bay Area

If you stand in the wet mud on the bayshore and imagine the water over your head, no matter what size you are you get a sense of the changes about to engulf the San Francisco Estuary. The bay is getting bigger. The more we drive, burn, consume, live like there’s no tomorrow, the more the ice melts and the ocean rises.

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Damon Slough, Oakland Estuary

Video by James Corner, Field Operations Vital Statistics Legacy communities and crossroads of critical regional roads, rail, transit. Mouth of Leona and Arroyo Viejo Creeks Collects from 3.5 square mile Lion Creek Watershed in Oakland Hills Enters San Francisco Estuary via Oakland Estuary and San Leandro Bay, surrounded by Oakland and Alameda Site of Oakland Coliseum and Oracle Arena, development and gentrification pressure. Damon Slough Wade In For reservoirs in the Oakland Hills, Damon Slough is one of four vital gateways leading into San Francisco Bay. For many of today’s Bay Area residents, it’s that muddy brown ditch you...

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Wildcat Creek, Richmond

Wildcat Creek’s proximity to San Pablo Creek as it flows through Richmond and San Pablo has been an historical flood problem for these low-income, high population density cities. As such, it has run the gamut of flood control methods, starting in the latter 20th century as the US Army Corps of Engineers attempted to fully enclose, or “straightjacket” the downtown run in a concrete culvert.

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San Rafael Canal, Marin County

Video by DroneHive Vital Statistics Feeds into Upper San Francisco Bay, Lower San Pablo Bay Runs through Marin County’s largest city Adjacent communities are some of Marin’s highest density populations Contaminants remain from years of industrial use US Army Corps of Engineers lacked funding to complete a 2011 dredging, leaving shallow canal with higher flood risk San Rafael Canal Wade In The San Rafael Canal is both a beacon for boaters and a monkey on the back of city planners. The waterway offers beautiful views of hilly Marin County, drawing kayaks and paddlers to make their way out to...

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