Adaptation/Sea Level Rise

What are we doing?

From 2015 through 2017, Joint Venture staff and the Santa Clara Valley Water District convened a group of stakeholders includes representatives from San Francisco Bay-adjacent cities and the County of Santa Clara, as well as relevant state and federal agencies, to discuss sea level rise (SLR) and flood control issues. Additional agencies and partners from the regional level have joined the group as presenters and participants. In 2018, meetings were held to embrace larger regional efforts on SLR.

Why are we doing it?

A proliferation of activity in SLR have surfaced the need for more opportunities to gather and disseminate information, as well as formulate and launch local responses. Joint Venture therefore proposes to stand up a group to both support its local government members in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and south Alameda counties (with an emphasis on those who are Bay-adjacent), and to provide programming to the larger community.

Who's involved?

A small working group of representative members has worked with staff to program activities. 

Latest Developments

  • Four meetings of the Santa Clara County Sea Level Rise Discussion Group have been held.
  • Outreach discussions with regional and local stakeholders are ongoing.
  • Meetings have been held to provide input to regional partners as they develop 9-county approaches and solutions.

What are the next steps?

  • Hold meetings of key staff members from member cities, counties, and other public agencies to share information as needed.
  • Consider a symposium on SLR and Adaptation activities, studies, projects, and programs.
  • Build partnerships and increase the effectiveness of our local agencies as they interface with planning efforts.

Where do I find out more?

To learn more about the Adaptation/SLR Initiative, please contact:

Kara Gross


Our continued success as a region rests on being informed and prepared for the challenges ahead. In September of 2015, Joint Venture extended the mission of our environmental work to include adaptation and resilience. As we prepare for climate change and natural and man-made risks to our region, we will move forward with our members and partners on strategies to mitigate, prepare for, and address those risks. The Resilience Portfolio encompasses the Public Sector Climate Task Force, Adaptation/Sea Level Rise initiative, and work with the US Geological Survey and local government partners on hazard and emergency preparedness and recovery.