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Assemblymember Berman Introduces First Bill to Combat Sea Level Rise

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SACRAMENTO – Today Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto) introduced legislation, Assembly Bill 184, to permanently continue California’s Planning for Sea Level Rise Database and ensure California remains a leader in responding to climate change.

In 2014, AB 2516 was signed into law, which established the statewide online database that is updated biannually and is overseen by the California Natural Resources Agency. The database provides sea level rise planning information, which includes studies, modeling, mapping, cost-benefit analysis, vulnerability assessments, adaptation projects as well as statuses and updates of Local Coastal Programs. The database is a single, centrally located tool and is beneficial to the state, local governments, and the public by showing actions taken to address sea level rise, enabling a more effective and coordinated response. Existing law repeals the database on January 1, 2018.   

“Across California, our communities are threatened by sea level rise.  Our homes, roads, and critical infrastructure are all vulnerable. California has been a leader in addressing the impacts of climate change and created a first of its kind sea level rise database,” said Assemblymember Berman. “This planning and educational tool is too valuable to end.”

AB 184 would eliminate the January 1, 2018 repeal date. This bill would ensure that California has a permanent Planning for Sea Level Rise Database to combat sea level rise now and in the future.