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Planning & Building Hosts 2017 Workshop to Assess Coastal Hazard Vulnerability

Author: Department of Planning & Building
Date: 8/28/2017 7:41:42 AM

The Department of Planning & Building partnered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to host a two-day workshop to assess which coastal hazards the County might be vulnerable to and how to decrease that vulnerability.

On July 20-21, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) partnered with the Department of Planning & Building to provide a two-day training for assessing vulnerability to coastal hazards and for developing ways to reduce that vulnerability.

This workshop helped build connections across departments and agencies to make sure this work is coordinated and effective! Participants included staff from Planning & Building, Public Works, Public Health, and the Office of Emergency Services, as well as staff from the Cities of San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach, and Morro Bay.

Coastal hazards that SLO County are especially prone to include dune and bluff erosion, and flooding caused by coastal storms and King Tides. Coastal cities face more specific hazards such as drought and saltwater intrusion into aquifers. However, as these are common hazards our county faces, this profile can change based on if we’ve had more intense winter storms or higher tides than normal.

The County is already doing a lot to maintain a resilient community such as working with local governments, community groups, businesses, and individuals within communities to assess any vulnerabilities our county may face. The County is also active in updating its hazard mitigation plan and the Safety Element of the General Plan.

Regional resilience work will continue to be discussed at the August 23rd Central Coast Climate Collaborative Inaugural Summit, an organization that fosters a network of local and regional community leaders throughout six Central Coast counties. These counties include Santa Cruz, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Monterey, and San Benito. Members of the summit intend to share examples of best practices from other regions as inspiration for future work and projects. The meeting will cover similar topics to the NOAA workshop and will include participation of Climate Collaborative members from all six counties.