What’s the latest thinking, from the state coastal management perspective, on how California can best adapt to climate change and sea level rise? As the coast erodes more rapidly in the future, managed retreat, buyouts, leasebacks, and nature-based adaptation are all on the table. Public buyouts of private property in harm’s way are one option already well developed in other states, but less evolved in California. KneeDeep asked two California leaders for their perspective on planned withdrawal: Amy Hutzel of the California Coastal Conservancy, and Mary Matella of the California Coastal Commission. Their comments also offer a West Coast counterpoint to reporter Lila Burke’s story on New Jersey’s Blue Acres buyout program, also in KneeDeep (see MORE).
State Agencies Working on Sea Level Rise
Editor: Ariel Rubissow Okamoto
Hutzel was interviewed by reporter Lilah Burke.
Matella was interviewed by reporter Sierra Garcia.
Final audio production by Callie Rhoades.
Music: Peter Rubissow