Donne Brownsey will summarize the multi-faceted way the rising ocean waters will impact the land, the people, and the agencies on the coast, especially in reference to Mendocino County. Questions and comments from online participants will be welcome during the program. The League of Women Voters and the Grass Roots Institute are organizing the event, with the support of the Mendocino Land Trust, the Mendocino County Climate Action Advisory Committee, the Jughandle Nature Center, the Noyo Center for Marine Science, Climate Action Mendocino and Mendocino County Youth for Climate.
Participants may wish to prepare for the meeting by reviewing the Commission’s Sea Level Rise (ca.gov) information at coastal.ca.gov/climate/slr/. Donne also suggests looking at the link for the Public Trust Guiding Principles and Action Plan Th6e-6-22-exhibits.pdf (ca.gov), since one of the most important impacts of SLR will be moving the Public Trust boundaries. Interactive maps and videos showing the impacts of the rising ocean can be found at Pacific Institute: California Climate Vulnerability (pacinst.org) pacinst.org/reports/sea_level_rise/maps, seathefuture.org/#/. And, since the change in water level will affect the functioning of our transportation system here, the report on CalTrans and CCC collaboration Sea Level Rise Guidance for Critical Infrastructure is worth checking into.
Everyone who lives and works in Mendocino County is invited to extend their awareness about the unavoidable changes coming to the coast, and to take part in action to prepare for it. Please invite your family and neighbors to zoom in, and participate, on Tuesday, August 23 at 6 PM.