Runner on burm next to San Francisco Bay, Marin County


415 578 2392

828 Mission Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

What is Resilient Shore?

Sea level rise, reducing flood insurance costs and creating public spaces

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. So the saying goes. In this case, the lemons are rising tides and the danger of catastrophic flooding. Right here in San Rafael. The lemonade is our community’s opportunity to hold back the bay, while creating public spaces for recreation, and helping to reduce the cost of flood insurance.

Flooding affects everyone in San Rafael

The area in question stretches from Point San Pedro south to Point San Quentin, and inland all the way to downtown San Rafael. It contains many important businesses, apartment buildings and homes. All of them could be impacted in the next few years, with high tides covering some of the land with floodwaters up to ten feet deep. This kind of flooding will also pose problems for homeowners at higher elevations, as the rising tidewaters cover access roads, impeding vital fire, police and ambulance services.

Working with neighbors on flood mitigation solutions

Our mission at Resilient Shore is to help find the right way of dealing with this threat. We’re a non-profit project dedicated to working with local people and businesses, listening to their concerns, and together creating the best-of-all-worlds flood mitigation plan that benefits everybody.

It’s all about community involvement

The primary factor in the success of a project like this is the community that will benefit from it. So the first phase in developing a final plan will be to implement a model called a Learning Action Alliance. Devised in Holland, it engages the affected population in discussing the problem, looking at a range of possible solutions and building consensus for the one that fits the needs of the entire community. We also work with Shore Up Marin, a local organization that helps people voice their concerns and suggestions.

Be a part of the solution.

Stay tuned for meetings based on the Learning Action Alliance model.
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Resilient Shore is a fiscally sponsored project of MarinLink, a California nonprofit corporation exempt from federal tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service #20-0879422.

Together we can do this.