Planning for Sea-Level Rise Database
In an effort to catalog California’s efforts on planning for sea-level rise, last year the Planning for Sea-Level Rise Database bill (AB2516, Gordon) was passed into law. This legislation called for the California Natural Resources Agency in collaboration with the Ocean Protection Council to conduct a survey of “sea-level rise planning information”, defined as “studies, programs, modeling, mapping, cost-benefit analyses, vulnerability assessments, adaptation, assessments, and local coastal programs . . . that have been developed for the purposes of addressing or preparing for sea level rise” (Public Resources Code Division 20.6 §30961-30968). The entities that were named in the legislation as being required to report consisted of thirteen state agencies; along with ports, airports, and electric and natural gas utilities located in the coastal zone and San Francisco Bay Area. In May 2015, OPC staff released a draft survey for public comment, held a public webinar and then distributed a revised survey to the entities listed in AB2516 as being required to report to the Resources Agency on sea-level rise planning information. The legislation required entities to report to the Resources Agency by July 1, 2015 and to repeat the survey twice a year until the repeal of the bill in January 1, 2018. The OPC will re-survey entities in early 2016 and update the database biannually.
No entity is required to report information if to do so would result in conflict with obligations or requirements of other state or federal laws, including the Homeland Security Act and implementing regulations pertaining to protection of critical infrastructure.