Regional Leaders

Perspectives from Local Leaders

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"Working together with our community, scientists and experts, the City of Chula Vista has taken a leadership role in our region as one of the first cities to adopt a Climate Action Plan that contributes to our efforts to make our city more resilient and better prepared for a sustainable future."

Cheryl Cox
Mayor, City of Chula Vista

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"The Navy is assessing the threats from coastal flooding and other climate change impacts to our facilities and operations to identify cost-effective measures to strengthen the resilience of our installations, update local response plans, maintain mission readiness and ensure we're always ready to help our neighbors.

Rear Admiral Patrick Lorge
Commander, Navy Region Southwest

Answering the call: opportunities for regional leaders

  • Discuss risks, costs and benefits of developments in flood hazard zones.
  • Incorporate expected sea level rise into community planning and structural design requirements to protect coastal property and infrastructure in flood hazard zones.
  • Protect existing and build new natural buffers, such as wetlands, to protect our coastline from flooding.
  • Install green infrastructure, such as bioswales, around buildings and other paved areas to manage storm water and reduce flooding and pollution.
  • Proactively coordinate efforts across flood hazard zones to balance what may be competing priorities for residents, businesses and entire communities.

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Photo of La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club by Alexander Gershunov

According to a study by Climate Central: $1.5 billion of real estate in San Diego County is less than 3 feet above the local high tide line and thus at increasing risk from coastal flooding.1

1. Climate Central. In publication.