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 out to the creek’s mouth. More Info...
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. More Info...
Damon Slough, Oakland
Damon Slough drains East Bay ridges into the Oakland Estuary, passing through many older neighborhoods and communities vulnerable to flooding. For many of today’s Bay Area residents, it’s that muddy brown ditch you cross over on the way to a Warriors game. For others it’s a worrying part of a local drainage system crisscrossed by essential roads, bridges, BART lines, and railroads. Both legacy communities and regional transportation assets are at risk in this changing Oakland lowland. More Info...