Report: Bay Area Infrastructure, Communities at Risk Without Wetlands Restoration

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A new report reveals that 42,000 acres of wetlands in the Bay Area must be restored over the next 15 years to mitigate the effects of climate change. Rising sea levels, swelling tides and strong storms threaten billions of dollars worth of businesses, homes and infrastructure. The report, from 100-plus Bay Area scientists and 17 government agencies, warns that wetlands either need to be repaired or buffered with seawalls and levees.


Letitia Grenier, co-director & senior scientist of the Resilient Landscapes Program, San Francisco Estuary Institute

Sam Schuchat, executive officer, The California State Coastal Conservancy