Upcoming Community Education Events 

Part II - Water: Bay Area Sea-Level Rise and Nature-based Adaptation

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Speakers include:

Dr. Kristina Hill, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley
Dr. Kathy Boyer, Professor, SFSU, Estuary & Ocean Science Center

Registration for this event will open on February 5, 2020

Sea levels are rising globally due to climate change, and as a peninsula, Marin is exceptionally vulnerable to sea level rise. We are already facing the need to adapt with many locations in Marin already flooding during King tides. Governments around the Bay Area have conducted vulnerability assessments and are currently planning and implementing adaptation strategies and action. Options for adaptation to sea level rise include technological solutions such as building dikes and sea walls, and, nature-based living shoreline approaches such as horizontal levees, wetland restoration, and oyster bed regeneration.

Attend this program to learn about:

  • The impacts of sea level rise on the Bay Area and in Marin
  • How sea level rise will impact water table levels
  • Technological sea-level rise adaptation strategies in urban and non-urban areas
  • Nature-based sea-level rise adaptation approaches
  • Pros/cons of nature-based adaptation
  • Marin nature-based sea-level rise adaptation projects
  • Who’s paying the bill?

Part III - Earth: The Role of Healthy Agricultural Soil in Climate Resilience

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Information on speakers coming soon

Registration for this event will open on March 23, 2020

This program will address the important role that soil plays in the era of climate change. Soil is the foundation of agricultural productivity, but conventional agricultural practices have focused on low cost and high yields at the expense of soil health. This has resulted in a myriad of problems, from reduced nutrient density to soil erosion, to billions of tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Healthy soils reduce soil erosion; dust; and the use of chemical inputs, all the while increasing the quality of food produced, biodiversity, and wildlife habitat. Healthy soils also sequester carbon and improve:

  • Soil fertility, plant health and yields,
  • Nutrient density
  • Water infiltration and retention in the face of drought and floods
  • Air and water quality
  • Public and farmworker health

It is imperative that California focus on agricultural practices that improve soil health and build more climate resilience. Our long-term food security and environmental health depend on it. 

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