Prioritizing Green Infrastructure to Protect California’s Coastline
Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris is spearheading the protection of California’s coast from climate change by prioritizing green infrastructure. Green infrastructure incorporates both natural and engineered systems to protect people and wildlife alike by mitigating the damage caused by rising sea levels, storm surges and other impacts of climate change.
Rising sea levels are threatening California’s 840 miles of coastline that may rise one to four feet by the end of the century. Not only does the coast attract millions of tourists, which contributes to California’s economy but 68 percent of Californians live in coastal communities. Sea-level rise and storm surges could result in economic devastation and even entire communities flooding. Rising seas are already affecting coastal communities and small island nations. The impacts of climate change are fundamentally disruptive to our economy, our communities and wildlife.
Green infrastructure solutions can be applied in different ways:
- Salt Marshes – Mitigate the effects of storms and waves.
- Mangrove – Trees and shrubs in coastal swaps prevent erosion from waves.
- Reefs – Form barriers against waves and storms.
- Seagrass – Stabilize sediment in the ocean.
- Permeable Pavements – Treat, infiltrate, and store rainwater.
- Planter Boxes – Urban rain gardens that collect and absorb water.
With a newer understanding of climate adaptation, it is time to revert back to nature’s best defense – nature itself. AB65 prioritizes green-solutions that are proven to work by investing in green infrastructure to protect California’s coastline from sea-level rise. Download the AB65 Fact Sheet.
Coalition [READ SUPPORT LETTER ]
Azul [READ SUPPORT LETTER ]
Audubon California [READ SUPPORT LETTER ]
California CoastKeeper Alliance
California Interfaith Power & Light
California League of Conservation Voters
California Native Plant Society
California Wilderness Coalition
Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks
Heal the Bay [READ SUPPORT LETTER ]
Laguna Greenbelt, Inc.
Natural Resources Defense Council
Sierra Club [READ SUPPORT LETTER ]
Surfrider Foundation [READ SUPPORT LETTER ]
The Nature Conservancy [READ SUPPORT LETTER ]
The Ocean Conservancy [READ SUPPORT LETTER ]
The Trust for Public Land [READ SUPPORT LETTER ]
Union of Concerned Scientists
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