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Sea Level Rise

Recent and/or Key Documents

Sea Level Guidance Feb 2023 (based on 2018 OPC SLR info!):   DRAFT Sea Level Rise Guidance to DTSC Project Managers for Cleanup Activities - open for Public Comment until Oct 31, 2023

Hydro International Feb 2023:  Antarctic sea ice melts to unprecedented levels

Phys.Org Jan 2023:  New Bay Area maps show hidden flood risk from sea level rise and groundwater

NOAA, NASA, US-EPA, USGS etal:  2022 Sea Level Rise Technical Report

AstraZeneca Site Sea Level Rise Assessment -Independent Expert Review #1 Dr. Hill Jan 2023

AstraZeneca Site Sea Level Rise Assessment -Independent Expert Review #2 Dr. Befus Dec 2022

DTSC Oct 2022:  Third Party Review of 2022 Sea Level Rise Evaluation

Zeneca Inc Tech Consultants Sept 2022:  Campus Bay (aka Zeneca site) Sea Level Rise Assessment

KQED July 2022:  Map of Bay Area Hazardous Sites at risk of Sea Level Rise

Presentation by Dr. Hill March 2022:   Groundwater and Sea Level Rise -What's At Risk?

OPC Feb 2022:  State Agency Sea-Level Rise Action Plan for CA

OPC Making California’s Coast Resilient to Sea Level Rise 2021:  Principles for Aligned State Action

US-EPA June 2021:  Consideration of Climate Resilience in the Superfund Cleanup Process for Non-Federal National Priorities List Sites

CA Natural Resources and OPC 2018:   State of CA Sea Level Rise Guidance


BCDC (SF Bay Conservation and Development Commission):  Maps and Data

DTSC (CA Dept of Toxic Substances and Control):  Sea Level Rise

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration):  Sea Level Rise Viewer Tool

OCOF (Our Coast Our Future):  Hazard Map

OPC (Ocean Protection Council):  Sea Level Rise

SFEI (San Francisco Estuary Institute)Sea-Level Rise and Shallow Groundwater: Future Conditions Map

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution:  Sea Level Rise

List of Acronyms:

  • ATSDR = Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

  • BCDC = Bay Coastal Development Commission

  • BAS = Best Available Science

  • BGS = Below Ground Surface

  • CAL-EPA = California Environmental Protection Agency (State)

  • CDPH = California Department of Public Health

  • CERCLA =Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (Federal)

  • CESP = Citizens for East Shore Parks

  • DTSC = (CA) Department of Toxic Substances Control

  • EPA = Environmental Protection Agency (aka US-EPA; Federal)

  • ESD = Explanation of Significant Differences

  • FA = Financial Assurance

  • FS/RAP = Feasibility Study/Removal Action Plan

  • FYRs = Five Year Reviews

  • GMSL= Global Mean Sea Level

  • GWR = Groundwater Rise

  • HSAA = Hazardous Substance Account Act (State)

  • HWCA = Hazardous Waste Control Act (State)

  • NAVD 88 = North American Vertical Datum of 1988(to be replaced by a GPS-based system in 2024-2025)

  • NCP = National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan(Federal)

  • NGVD 29 = National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929, aka Sea Level Datum of 1929

  • OEHHA = Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

  • OM&M = Operation Maintenance and Monitoring

  • OPC = Ocean Protection Council(comprises 17 state agencies, including DTSC)

  • PCBs = Polychlorinated Biphenyls

  • PEEIR = Pacific Estuarine Ecosystem Indicator Research Consortium

  • PPA = Prospective Purchaser Agreement

  • RAW = Remedial Action Workplan

  • RSA = Richmond Shoreline Alliance

  • RSL = Relative Sea Level

  • RSSA CAG = Richmond Southeast Shoreline Area Community Advisory Group

  • SFEI = San Francisco Estuary Institute

  • SLRVA =Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Analysis

  • SMP = Soil Management Plan

  • SMRP = Site Mitigation and Restoration Plan

  • SPRAWLDEF = Sustainability, Parks, Recycling, and Wildlife Legal Defense Fund

  • VOCs = Volatile Organic Compounds