December 9, 2014 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
The Bay Model
2100 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965
Heidi Nutters

Green Infrastructure: Enhancing Flood Protection Using Natural Shoreline Restoration Design Approaches including Tidal Wetland Restoration and the Horizontal Levee

Training Date: December 9, 2014

9:30am – 1:00pm

Cost: $30.00, including lunch and materials

China Camp Marsh Channels

China Camp Marsh Channels Photo credit: Matt Ferner

Workshop Objectives

  • Increase knowledge of local case studies that integrated the concepts of natural shoreline resilience  to improve flood protection for communities while providing aesthetic and habitat benefits, including benefits and challenges associated with the project.
  • Participants network and exchange their experiences related to work on green infrastructure projects in the San Francisco Bay area.
  • Participants increase understanding of best practices and design tips  associated with green infrastructure shoreline design and how it relates to their work.

The San Francisco Bay Area is moving actively on climate change adaptation strategies across the region. Green infrastructure is a network of natural areas that benefits nature and people. The green infrastructure approach to community planning helps diverse community members come together to balance environmental and economic goals. The San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is providing a series of training opportunities as it relates to this innovative practice.

Join us for an interactive workshop where we hear from managers of multiple projects examining practical applications of the green infrastructure approach in the region. Come learn about communities that have taken on the challenge with a special focus on enhancing flood protection through tidal wetland restoration. This case study focused workshop will provide participants the opportunity to learn, connect and access resources on this topic area.

Some of the topics that will be covered in this workshop include:

  • Engaging communities in the design process
  • Beneficial re-use of sediment for shoreline resiliency and restoration including tidal wetland restoration
  • The horizontal levee and its applications for flood protection and sea level rise adaptation
  • Funding for green infrastructure and flood protection projects.

Featured Speakers

Len Materman, Executive Director, San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority

Marc Holmes, Bay Restoration Program Director, The Bay Institute

Roger Leventhal P.E., Senior Engineer, County of Marin

Workshop Follow-Up Materials 

Workshop Agenda

Marc Holmes, Bay Institute, Presentation “The Horizontal Levee: Nature’s Low-Cost Defense Against Sea Level Rise”

Roger Leventhal, County of Marin, Presentation “Challenges and Opportunities of Beneficial Sediment Reuse in Natural Shoreline Design”

Len Materman, San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority, Presentation “SAFER Bay: Strategy to Advance Flood Protection, Ecosystems and Recreation”