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  • Jeanne Rosenmeier

Port of San Francisco confronts sea level rise

The Port of San Francisco is planning for sea level rise along its 7½ miles of shoreline. Adam Varat from the Port introduces us to the Waterfront Resilience Plan, and how the Port hopes to protect the city's shoreline infrastructure.

The inspiration for this episode was a series of four tours that the port offered in March. The tours are over, but the waterfront remains to be explored. Here are some photos from the tours; there is lots more to see along the shoreline if you want to take your own tour.

But first: Here's the link to the Waterfront Resilience Plan website, including some extremely helpful maps, and a 25 minute video explaining the planning process and methodology, as well as more detail along the shore.

Focusing on downtown:

Here's the seawall, as seen from the top. ==>

<== And here's the ramp from the new ferry plaza to the old one behind the ferry building. Can you see how much higher the new one is?

The new ferry plaza, with its rain garden. ===>

New vs old (below)

Here's a close-up of one of the seawall test panels. There are better photos on the Waterfront Resilience website. ==>

There's a ramp on Pier 14, labeled with sea level by year (sea level expected when it was painted, that is).

The ramp to the floating fire station: it made me a bit queasy just watching it go up and down.


A treasure hunt for you: Can you find this building, in which there is a flexible seismic gasket between the bulkhead and the non-bulkhead part of the building, intended to prevent it from tearing itself apart in case of an earthquake?

Here's the walkway by the baseball park that will need to be raised.

Crane Park is in Dogpatch.

And farthest south: Islais Creek

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