Port of San Francisco, Army Corps of Engineers Planning for Rising Bay Waters

A massive climate adaptation planning effort is underway for the docks (and seawalls and landfill) of the San Francisco Bay.

Read Time: 2 minutes

October 31, 2022, 11:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

The Port of San Francisco and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is undertaking a multi-year effort to study and plan for sea-level rise in San Francisco, where the city's bay shoreline is expected to rise as much as seven feet

John King reports on the study for the San Francisco Chronicle, including details on the scope of the plan, which plans on a 100-year timeline for 7.5 miles of the shoreline, from Fisherman’s Wharf south to the Hunters Point shipyard. The study is a component of the Port of San Francisco's Waterfront Resilience Program

"A tentative outline of any plan and its potential costs won’t emerge before next spring. But some ideas that are in the mix — including locks on Mission Creek, and letting industrial land near the southern waterfront revert to natural conditions — hint at how profoundly the city’s relationship to the bay could change in coming decades," according to King. 

"To draw up a potential plan, seven different response scenarios must be sorted through by the Army Corps and a half dozen city agencies. The final product would seek to protect inland resources while maintaining or improving public access to the bay," adds King.

As noted in the article, the Port of San Francisco is already working to reinforce the city's shoreline from rising bay waters, with the Embarcadero Seawall Program—another component of the Waterfront Resilience Program.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 in San Francisco Chronicle


The Top Urban Planning Books of 2022

An annual list of the must-read books related to urban planning and its intersecting fields.

November 28, 2022 - James Brasuell

Urban separated bike lane with street trees on one side and cars parked on the other

How Urban Trees Save Lives

New research shows a strong connection between a healthy urban tree canopy and lowered mortality rates.

December 1, 2022 - Congress For New Urbanism

Houston, Construction

How To End Homelessness: The Houston Model

While the numbers of unhoused people in other major U.S. cities grow, Houston has managed to effectively end veteran homelessness and house more than 26,000 people since implementing a ‘Housing First’ approach a decade ago.

December 1, 2022 - Smart Cities Dive

Man walking away past glass elevator in brightly lit New York City subway station corridor

New York MTA Releases Plan for Improved Accessibility

The MTA announced plans for new or improved elevators at almost two dozen stations as part of its pledge to make more of its stations fully accessible.

40 minutes ago - The Architect's Newspaper

Rendering of Juneteenth Museum

The Best, Worst, and Most Questionable in 2022 Architecture and Design

A list of innovative projects, intriguing design, and flummoxing failures.

December 6 - Medium

View of black oil wells behind chain link fence with barbed wire top

Los Angeles To Phase Out Oil Drilling

The city has banned new wells and will end all extraction within two decades.

December 6 - Los Angeles Times

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.