Sea Level Rise Adaptation Funding & Investment Framework

This data-driven research project seeks to identify near-term sea level rise adaptation needs and will study possible funding solutions.

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Noah Berger

MTC is partnering with the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) on the Sea Level Rise Adaptation Funding and Investment Framework. Together, the agencies will develop a funding analysis that can inform local and regional efforts to adapt to sea level rise.

The Way It Is Now: Funding Opportunities & Challenges

In recent years, action at the state and federal levels has created an unprecedented amount of near-term funding for sea level rise adaptation efforts. However, there is still a large funding gap that needs to be addressed so that hundreds of miles of Bay Area shoreline can be adapted and protected against sea level rise impacts. This situation shows a need to research additional funding sources for sea level rise adaptation in the years ahead.

Building on the Work

The Sea Level Rise Adaptation Funding and Investment Framework was identified as a priority action by three already-completed efforts:

Building off of previous regional planning work, MTC/ABAG will collect and analyze the best available data to get a better estimate of the total costs for regional sea level rise adaptation, and study potential approaches to pay for those costs.

This analysis will also help the region prepare for additional funding opportunities by improving resources for advocacy for state and federal funds.

The framework will be completed in early 2023.

Framework Goals

The framework is organized within three main project goals:

  • Catalog planned and conceptual sea level rise projects and develop a regional cost estimate
  • Explore how new local and regional revenue for sea level rise adaptation can be raised most equitably
  • Explore possible paths to distribute new funds for sea level rise adaptation

Regional Partnership

The project is co-led by MTC/ABAG and BCDC and is supported by a Technical Advisory Group. Local and regional engagement is planned throughout the project. The framework is also coordinated with other developing sea level rise efforts, including BCDC’s Shoreline Adaptation Project Mapping Program (SAPMAP), which will produce informational resources that can support other local and regional sea level rise efforts in the future.

Meetings for Local Adaptation Staff

The framework will host meetings for local adaptation staff in September and October of 2022. The meetings are intended to:

  • Share an overview of the framework goals and anticipated outcomes
  • Confirm local shoreline project definitions
  • Discuss complementary regional sea level rise efforts

Please contact MTC staff if you are a local staff member familiar with sea level rise adaptation in your community and are interested in participating.

Introduction to Local Staff Engagement

Resources
Staff Contact

Rachael Hartofelis, Sea Level Rise Adaptation Funding and Investment Framework Project Manager
Email: rhartofelis@bayareametro.gov