San Francisco Bay Regional CHARGCoastal Hazards Adaptation Resiliency Group


THE IMPLEMENTERS ARE RE-CHARGED: CHARG was initiated in 2014 by public agencies responsible for implementing strategies that reduce the impacts of sea level rise (SLR) and extreme weather on San Francisco Bay shoreline communities. In light of recent collaborative efforts, we will reconvene the CHARG working group to provide engineering and technical support to those collaborating on regional, climate adaptation planning, policy, and funding. We invite the San Francisco Bay and Delta community to partner with a re-focused CHARG to develop site-specific approaches and a regional strategy to shoreline resilience.

CHARG RE-FOCUSED: In view of CHARG’s value and of the emergence of Bay Area collaborations focused on climate change and SLR, we propose to re-focus CHARG’s mission to fill a necessary technical niche on behalf of floodplain and shoreline management stewards. CHARG will partner these Bay Area collaborations and provide the implementers’ perspective, based on our real world experience addressing relevant similar challenges. We intend to integrate nature-based solutions with more traditional engineering techniques where appropriate and cost effective to reduce near and long-term flood risk while providing multiple benefits.

COLLABORATIVE TRANSPARENT + ACCESSIBLE: CHARG will support collaborative, targeted forums to analyze, evaluate, develop and recommend regional resilience solutions from different sectors. Our work together will also inform essential policy and funding decisions for a resilient living shoreline in an interdependent Bay Area.

CHARG WILL PROVIDE TECHNICAL-BASED SOLUTIONS AS SCIENCE EVOLVES: To re-focus CHARG’s goals as defined in the Strategic Brief (2015), CHARG is committed to:

  • Develop resilience guidelines and best management adaptation practices for the San Francisco Bay Area and Delta, based on engineering practices and sound science
  • Support local, state, federal, business and NGO collaborations focused on climate adaptation solutions
  • Evaluate the practical engineering and cost-effectiveness of adaptation measures
  • Identify permitting and regulatory changes necessary to implement projects and build resilience to SLR
  • Support forums to share real “lessons learned” on adaptation projects and ways to improve outcome
  • Collaborate to address coastal hazards from a regional perspective
  • Build community support for SLR adaptation through exchanging ideas and expertise, and communicating technical knowledge on reducing risks from coastal hazards and SLR
  • Provide a unified voice based on technical findings that supports regional policies, and financing strategie

INTERESTED IN CHARG? To get involved or follow our work, please contact Ellen Cross:


CHARG launches its first workshop of 2018!

On June 6, 2018, CHARG held a technical workshop at the Alameda County Department of Public Works to kick off a new initiative that focuses on the priority technical issues surrounding sea-level rise (SLR) adaptation that will be needed to inform policy decisions. Roughly 40 attendees joined from multiple organizations and agencies around San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Following a welcome from Daniel Woldesenbet, Director of Alameda County Department of Public Works, and an introduction from Ellen Cross, CHARG facilitator, the workshop began with a presentation from Rohin Saleh that described the regional impacts of SLR in a shallow estuary like San Francisco Bay. The presentation also identified key gaps and types of impacts that need more research to inform adaptation planning.

Materials from this meeting are available for download below.


06/06/2018 Technical Workshop Meeting Materials