Bill Creates San Mateo County Flood and Sea Level Rise Resiliency District
Sacramento – Sea level rise is one of the most serious consequences of climate change and now that Governor Newsom has signed AB 825 by Assembly Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin, San Mateo County is taking a significant step forward in addressing this serious issue.
“San Mateo County has more people and property value at risk from rising sea levels than any other county in California,” Mullin stated. “It is one of the most serious consequences of climate change and I am incredibly proud that San Mateo County is taking a pro-active approach to address it.”
AB 825 modifies the existing San Mateo County Flood Control District and renames it the Flood and Sea Level Rise Resiliency District, creating the first county-level agency in the state to directly tackle sea level rise. The expansion of the existing Flood Control District’s responsibilities will allow city and county representatives to focus on the serious and unique challenges presented by sea level rise, including necessary flood prevention infrastructure projects. This coordinated and proactive approach will allow San Mateo County communities to develop a collective plan to protect against flooding and sea level rise.
“With the new District we have the opportunity to plan for the long term, build staff expertise, and position San Mateo County to effectively compete for available state and federal funds,” said San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine. “As is often said, every long journey starts with a first step, and the creation of this new District is a big first step by San Mateo County to prepare for sea level rise and flooding in a comprehensive and coordinated way.
“San Mateo County is regularly cited as one of the most at-risk counties in California from sea level rise; thousands of properties and critical infrastructure are currently vulnerable to severe flooding and coastal erosion,” stated Maryann Moise Derwin, Chair, City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG). We must implement integrated, multi-benefit solutions to adapt our shorelines, manage stormwater runoff and mitigate flooding. The Flood and Sea Level Rise Resiliency District – created through a partnership between C/CAG and the County – is a crucial building block for creating a resilient San Mateo County for generations to come.”
“While many efforts to address sea level rise, flooding and coastal erosion are already well underway, San Mateo County’s 20 cities need a coordinated approach to adequately prepare for these threats across the county as a whole. San Mateo County has a long-standing reputation for being innovative and collaborative,” Mullin stated. “I believe that their efforts to address sea level rise through the creation of this new district can, and will, be a model for others in our state to follow. I’m pleased that AB 825 provided the opportunity to move this effort forward. ”