After the flood
Oakland’s Pacific Institute has released a new study projecting the effects of sea level rise through 2100 and, well … let’s just say that developer SunCal might want to consider putting houseboats out at Alameda Point.
They’re anticipating a 1.4-meter sea level rise (about 4 1/2 feet) by 2100, which would cause $100 billion in damage and impact nearly half a million Californians. Two-thirds of the impact would be here in the Bay Area.
Maps generated by the institute show Alameda Point pretty much underwater. Couldn’t find Bay Farm Island (though previous reports show they’d be a bit wet themselves).
The report’s authors suggest “armoring” the coast … and limiting development in the anticipated flood zones. SunCal’s Pat Keliher has said the developer plans to raise parts of the Point with 18 inches of fill and, if necessary, a levee system.
For just a little more on this, you can check out this piece in the Mercury News.