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"Shrinking Shores" Illustrates Sea Level Rise



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           Contact:          Jill Ekas, Planning Manager
May 22, 2017                                                                                     City of Half Moon Bay
(650) 726-8264

Half Moon Bay and San Mateo County Co-Hosting
On-the-Shoreline Illustration of Sea Level Rise

Learn about coastal impacts of climate change during ‘Shrinking Shores’ event June 3

Half Moon Bay, CA – On Saturday, June 3 from 10 am – 1 pm, the City of Half Moon Bay and the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability will host an informational event about sea-level rise at Poplar Beach, as part of a statewide campaign called Shrinking Shores. It’s one of many events around the state that will be held in anticipation of World Oceans Day, (June 8), a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future.

At Poplar Beach on June 3, beachgoers will see a dramatic illustration about predicted ocean levels through the end of the century. Temporary signs will be placed into the sand and on the bluffs to depict scenarios of future sea level rise and bluff erosion. The City and County will staff a booth near the Poplar Beach parking lot where visitors can get information, ask questions, and learn about the science behind the predicted changes.  Poplar Beach is located at the end of Poplar Street, past Railroad Avenue in Half Moon Bay.

Shrinking Shores Sea Level Rise Event
Saturday, June 3, 10 am - 1 pm
Poplar Beach, Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay, San Mateo County, and other agencies on the California coast from San Diego to Humboldt County, are working to create awareness of this critical issue. The goal is to educate and inform people, and build a greater understanding of predicted sea level rise and its impacts on our coastline and communities.

On a statewide basis, sea-level rise is already threatening billions of dollars’ worth of homes, businesses, roads, and infrastructure. Local governments are working to inform their communities by assessing what is vulnerable to rising tides and creating opportunities for residents to learn and get involved in addressing these expected environmental changes. The newest California State Sea Level Rise Science Report estimates sea level increases by up to eight feet by the year 2100, and the City is prepared to collaborate with Federal, State, and local agencies to educate and address the causes and effects of climate change.

This is an issue that needs to be understood and addressed today, if we are to make informed decisions taking into account the generations of tomorrow,” said Half Moon Bay Mayor Debbie Ruddock. “To those who look at the year 2100 as beyond our scope, I say - think about your children and grandchildren, who will be most impacted by sea level rise. For their sake, as well as for the near-term effects, we cannot afford to ignore this issue. We are all in this together, and the collaborative ‘Shrinking Shores’ event is a great opportunity to learn more and better visualize these impacts.”

The City has produced a Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment and a Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail erosion study, which help to outline the local impacts of sea level rise. These documents are linked at www.hmbcity.com/planning. Also on that page is a link to SeaChange San Mateo County, an initiative to bring together and provide resources to local governments and agencies within the County around the issue of sea level rise.

Located 28 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Half Moon Bay is a community of about 12,500 people, situated on the peninsula between forested hills and some of the most beautiful coastlines that California has to offer. Its historic downtown is home to numerous shops, art galleries, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and other businesses, and its celebrated beaches and parks are wonders of nature, accessible to pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians. With its many activities and events, beautiful natural scenery, old-town charm, and abundance of retail and commercial services, Half Moon Bay is a regional destination. The City’s website is www.hmbcity.com. 

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