Adapting along the Bay

Marin County Department of Public Works coordinates with all of East Marin's cities and towns to provide an ongoing public process that helps local communities understand and prepare for sea level rise.

This multi-jurisdictional coordination is critical, as sea level rise crosses political boundaries to impact our shared resources, utilities, and infrastructure.

Marin County works with local communities to:

  • Develop project ideas
  • Integrate public input
  • Support local project efforts

In 2017, Marin County Department of Public Works completed the Marin Shoreline Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment, a technical report detailing how shoreline flooding will worsen with sea level rise if no actions are taken.

Learn about the Marin Shoreline Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment

Key sea level rise activities

Timeline conveys key sea level rise actions by the County and BayWAVE from 2012 to 2022. In 2012, Marin County build pilot adaptation projects at Aramburu Island and San Rafael Living Shoreline. In 2013, the State issued sea level rise guidance. In 2015, the BayWAVE Steering Committee formed and work began on the Vulnerability Assessment. Also, Marin was a core member in the formation of the Bay Climate Adaptation Network. In 2017, BayWAVE released the sea level rise Vulnerability Assessment, and in 2018 the County adopted a Multi-Jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. In 2019, the Sea Level Rise Adaptation Framework was released and BayWAVE hosted a Marin County Adaptation Workshop. In 2020, the County released Adaptation Land Use Planning Guidance. In 2021, the Richardson Bay StoryMap was released and the County committed $4,000,000 to climate adaptation and mitigation projects.
Key sea level rise actions by Marin County from 2012 to 2022



  • State issues sea level rise guidance


  • BayWAVE Executive Steering Committee forms
  • Work begins on Marin Shoreline sea level rise vulnerability assessment
  • Bay Climate Adaptation Network forms (Marin is a core participant)



  • Marin County Multi-Jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan adopted





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