Sub-regional Adaptation Plan

Status: Project Partners - consultant team, agency staff and Community Partners - are starting the first round of community engagement in May 2024.  Join us for our public Oakland Alameda Shoreline Community Workshop on May 20th to provide input and to learn more about our projects. Please take our community survey to share your goals for the shoreline.


The purpose of the Sub-regional Adaptation Plan is to:

  • Protect shoreline communities of Oakland and Alameda from expected sea level and groundwater rise and liquefaction;
  • Enhance transportation and recreation corridors and bay access;
  • Reduce flood exposure;
  • Create or restore marsh, upland and transitional habitat with nature-based solutions;
  • Improve air quality;
  • Reduce climate risks to shoreline communities throughout the Oakland-Alameda operational landscape unit (OLU)(PDF, 125KB)
  • Detail key steps and actions to take as the shoreline changes, identifying trigger points and costs for each of the outlined pathways; and
  • Use a decision-making process to ensure the voices of all stakeholders in the Oakland-Alameda Adaptation Committee are heard. 

Contact: For updates via the project email list, subscribe directly here. Please direct project questions or comments to Gail Payne, Project Manager: or 510-747-6892.


  • Sept: Alameda City Council approved the Climate Action and Resiliency Plan - link to staff report
  • Nov: Alameda voters passed the Water Quality and Flood Protection Fee, which is used to operate and maintain the storm drain system, protect water quality, replace aging infrastructure, and prepare for sea level rise and the impacts of climate change


  • Nov: Alameda City Council accepted the report: “City of Alameda, The Response of the Shallow Groundwater Layer and Contaminants to Sea Level Rise”, which states that the areas at risk of future flooding increase by up to 25 percent when considering emergent groundwater - link to staff report


  • June: Alameda City Council adopted the City of Alameda Climate Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation Plan, which calls out the need for a sub-regional Long-term Adaptation Plan - link to staff report and to Plan


  • June: Alameda City Council approved the Long-term Plan SFEP and NFWF federal grant funds and the adaptation project Community Partner - Greenbelt Alliance - link to staff report
  • Sept: Alameda City Council approved the Technical Consultants for the adaptation projects - link to staff report
  • Fall: Analyze existing conditions. Committee approved Project Charter - Project Charter(PDF, 433KB)



  • Early: Conduct community engagement - 2nd round
  • Mid: Seek approvals of the final Sub-regional Adaptation Plan