6 episodes

These are the stories of men and women living along the water – a fisherman, a farmer, a developer and others. See the San Francisco Bay from various perspectives. A kayaker brings us eye level to levees at the water’s edge. An urban planner considers how filling in wetlands has increased the flood risk. An architect suggests a plan that may keep the waters in check. Their stories can provide a model for dialogue for people everywhere in the face of this growing global crisis.

RISE: Climate Change and Coastal Communities Claire Schoen

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These are the stories of men and women living along the water – a fisherman, a farmer, a developer and others. See the San Francisco Bay from various perspectives. A kayaker brings us eye level to levees at the water’s edge. An urban planner considers how filling in wetlands has increased the flood risk. An architect suggests a plan that may keep the waters in check. Their stories can provide a model for dialogue for people everywhere in the face of this growing global crisis.

    Bay Splendor

    Bay Splendor

    Chuey Cazares has lived all of his 21 years in Alviso, a tiny hamlet poking into the salt ponds at the southern tip of San Francisco Bay. Alviso sits below sea level. Flooding from the creeks above and the Bay below threaten to fill it up like a bowl. There are plans to save Alviso, but adapting to climate change has some serious downsides for Chuey’s clan.

    • 19 min
    Saving Alviso

    Saving Alviso

    Chuey Cazares has lived all of his 21 years in Alviso, a tiny hamlet poking into the salt ponds at the southern tip of San Francisco Bay. Alviso sits below sea level. Flooding from the creeks above and the Bay below threaten to fill it up like a bowl. There are plans to save Alviso, but adapting to climate change has some serious downsides for Chuey’s clan.

    • 20 min
    Ill Tidings

    Ill Tidings

    T. Jack Foster Jr and his father created Foster City, a community of 30,000 people, by diking, draining and filling San Francisco Bay wetlands. But the fill used to turn wetlands into real estate brought the land just up to the current sea level, and climate change threatens its levees. Although urban planners say Foster City needs to be redesigned, T. Jack says the levees can simply be built higher and higher.

    • 20 min
    Levees & Legacies

    Levees & Legacies

    Steve Mello farms an island in the Delta, where waters of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers merge before flowing through San Francisco Bay. His long-farmed land lies below sea level. Levees protect it from the surrounding waters. But levees fail and need frequent repair; as sea levels rise, this task gets harder and more costly. Yet Mello says he is not leaving come hell or high water.

    • 20 min
    Stemming the Tide

    Stemming the Tide

    While we must stop adding greenhouse gases to the global atmosphere, conservation and green technologies can no longer keep climate change from impacting people, wildlife, and the lands and waters we depend on. Adapting to climate change is also necessary. This story is about creative solutions to deal with sea level rise for cities at the waters’ edge.

    • 20 min
    Swamped

    Swamped

    Sea level rise is an effect of global climate change. Hear how rising waters, high tides and storm surges impact shoreline communities of the San Francisco Bay Area.

    • 20 min

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