The levees, sea walls, and channels that protect economic infrastructure and communities around the Bay are old and crumbling. Rising waters and increasingly extreme weather brought about by climate change have dramatically increased the chances of serious flooding. Experts warn that if we don’t act soon, the levees could break during a major storm or an earthquake-related surge.
Many critical elements of the Bay Area’s infrastructure, including airports, hospitals, water treatment plants, and the headquarters of major employers are built at or below sea level. That means a severe storm or major flood could knock out huge parts of our regional economy, causing long-term damage to the Bay Area’s economic health.