The Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation, and Conservation District and Humboldt County Public Works Department invite the public to an informational meeting on planning for the potential effects of sea level rise around Humboldt Bay. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, room 203, 921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka.
This meeting provides an opportunity for the public to learn about the sea level rise project and ask questions of the sea level rise adaptation planning team.
The Humboldt Bay sea level rise adaptation planning project was initiated in 2010 with funding from the State Coastal Conservancy. The first phase of the project was to inventory, map and assess the vulnerability of the shoreline, a project that was completed in 2012. The current project involves modeling and mapping present and future flood risk around the bay, and developing adaptation strategies for potential sea level rise impacts. The goals of the project are to support informed decision-making and encourage a unified, consistent regional adaptation approach among the jurisdictions around the bay. This meeting will provide an update on the shoreline assessment, inundation modeling and planning efforts currently in progress.
Presentations will address current shoreline conditions, locally observed rates of sea level rise, and the compounding effect of land subsidence. The results of an analysis to identify areas around Humboldt Bay vulnerable to flooding under current conditions will be presented. Ongoing work to assess the flooding risks due to sea level rise will be described as well as development of adaptation strategies.