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Sea Level Rise and Nature-Based Adaptation in Marin County

The Club at McInnis Park Golf Center
350 Smith Ranch Road
San Rafael, California
January 9, 2019
11:00 am - 1:30 pm

MarinCoalition Presents: Wednesday January 9, 2019

“Sea Level Rise and Nature-Based Adaptation in Marin County”


Marin County already floods during heavy rains and King Tides. How will rising sea level further impact our shoreline? How can we adapt and what is the County doing to prepare? Local governments must chart new ground in planning for climate change and Marin County is leading the way. Hear answers to these questions and more from staff members who do the hands-on work of preparing Marin County for sea level rise.

Leslie Lacko will provide us with an overview of sea level rise impacts on the bay shoreline and the breadth of projects in which the County is engaged, from transportation projects and policy updates, to nature-based adaptation projects. As the project manager for the McInnis Marsh restoration project, James Raives will explain how this nature-based adaptation project will both enhance habitat and provide protection from rising bay water.

Leslie Lacko has worked in watershed and coastal management or the State Coastal Conservancy, Alameda County, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), and Marin County. She earned both a BS and MS from UC Berkeley in Environmental Studies and Environmental Science Policy and Management respectively. She began working on sea level rise at BCDC, where she was responsible for developing the first sea level rise maps and corresponding state policies for building resilience to rising seas. She continues to work on sea level rise adaptation with Marin’s Community Development Agency.

James Raives grew up in southern California and received a BS in Environmental Studies and Political Science from UC Santa Barbara. After graduating in 1984, he began working for the California Coastal Commission where he evaluated federal projects for consistency with the California Coastal Act. He also worked on dredging, wetland fill, and public access projects. In 2003, he left the Coastal Commission to work with the Marin County Open Space District in its Planning and Acquisition unit, where he has worked on the acquisition of park and open space areas, environmental compliance, habitat restoration projects, and the development of resource management plans.


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