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Sea Level Rise

Sea level is projected to rise at least 16 inches along the California coast by 2050, with a 55-inch rise predicted by 2100. The primary impacts from sea level rise are increases in flooding and erosion. Sea level rise will expand the area vulnerable to flooding during major storms, as well as in the rare but catastrophic event of a major tsunami. 

The term 100-year flood is used as a standard for planning, insurance, and environmental analysis.  People, infrastructure, and property are already located in areas vulnerable to flooding from a 100-year event. Sea level rise will cause more frequent—and more damaging—floods to those already at risk and will increase the size of the coastal floodplain, placing new areas at risk to flooding.



Humboldt Bay King Tides Photo Initiative 2014-15

The highest tides this winter - known as King Tides - will occur on Dec. 5, Dec. 22, Jan. 20, and Feb. 18. Humboldt Baykeeper volunteers will photo-document the King Tides around Humboldt Bay.


All you need is a camera or a smartphone. To help document this year’s King Tide, email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ." data-mce-href="mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ."> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We will assign sites that you can photograph during one or more high tide events as well as low tide shots for comparison. Photo: Chevron fuel tanks on the Eureka waterfront, 12-31-13.

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How will we plan for Sea Level Rise? Mon. Nov. 17, 6-8 pm

Why is sea level rising twice as fast here as it is along the rest of the Pacific coast? Which areas around Humboldt Bay are most likely to be under water in the future? How will sea level rise affect the agricultural lands on former bay tidelands? How will Caltrans keep Highway 101 above water? What will happen in low-lying areas of Arcata and Eureka?

 

The Humboldt Bay Sea Level Rise Adaptation Planning Project will provide an update for the public at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, 921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka.

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Rising seas: 'Living on borrowed time'
Written by Clay McGlaughlin   

Relative sea level rise on Humboldt Bay highest in state



11/9/14

Climate change has been called a “long emergency,” with impacts ranging from the current extreme drought in California to globe-spanning disruptions of weather patterns and ecosystems predicted for the coming decades. Here in Humboldt County, one of the many predicted impacts is sea level rise, which experts say could threaten underground utilities and U.S. Highway 101. Here’s a look at what the county is doing to adapt.

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Arcata to update coastal commission on sea level rise development plans
Written by Will Houston, Times-Standard   

Sea level rise proposal will be updated; 

City to provide info to coastal commission on future development plans

9/5/14



With its local coastal development program last updated in 1989, Arcata has been working to incorporate sea level rise into its future development standards and will provide an update on its efforts next week at the California Coastal Commission’s meeting in Del Norte County.

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2013-14 Humboldt Bay King Tides Photo album

We've launched our 2013-14 Humboldt Bay King Tides Photo album featuring nearly 100 photos taken by volunteer and staff photographers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above: Eureka Slough and Jacobs Avenue businesses, Eureka. Photo by J. Kalt.

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