exploratorium

Conversations About Landscape: People and the Baylands: Public Learning and Equitable Access During Climate Adaptation

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 • 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6

Free, RSVP required. Email reserve@exploratorium.edu, or call 415.528.4444 and choose option 5.

The Baylands are the tidal wetlands along the shore of San Francisco Bay, which provide a rich habitat for wildlife and can help to protect our shorelines from sea level rise and other climatic threats. As the Bay Area gears up for climate change, how can we engage and include a broad public for increased dialogue in the planning of, and access to, our future resilient shorelines? How can we include the voices and stories of people and wildlife in our future ecosystems? Join us for a panel discussion about questions and balanced considerations of public access, restoration, and education in these sensitive ecosystems. 

Speakers include:

Jessica Davenport, project manager for the SR 37 Baylands Group, State Coastal Conservancy

Kay Flavell, director of New Pacific Studio and active in preserving Vallejo's built heritage, especially Sperry Mill on the Vallejo waterfront.

Jackie Flin, executive director of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, SF and community leader in the India Basin Restoration Project

David Halsing, executive project manager, South Bay Salt Pond

Brad McCrea, director, Regulatory Program, BCDC

Mark Stacey, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley; co-leads Resilient Infrastructure as Seas Rise (RiSER)

This program is part of the ongoing research of Team Common Ground’s Grand Bayway project, examining the Highway 37 corridor as both improved infrastructure and publicly accessible wetlands, initiated during the Resilience By Design Challenge and features  presentations and roundtable discussion in addition to the team’s current research on public access, habitat, and education in the north Baylands. 

This project Funded by the California State Transportation Agency and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.