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Yosemite Slough Neighborhood Adaptation Plan

The City faces urgent seismic and flood risks. The Yosemite Slough neighborhood is one of the last gaps in San Francisco’s coastal adaptation plans for sea level rise. The Yosemite Slough Neighborhood Adaptation Plan (“the Plan”) aims to eliminate that disparity. The Plan will recommend strategies to protect the neighborhood – residents, local businesses, and community assets – from 3.5 to 7 feet of projected sea level rise by 2100. The Plan will supplement efforts along the City’s coast led by numerous partners, such as the Ocean Beach Climate Change Adaptation Project (SFPUC), the Waterfront Resilience Program (Port of San Francisco), and the Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategy (California State Parks). The Plan is anticipated by Winter 2025 and is a critical path for the Yosemite Slough neighborhood to become eligible for federal adaptation funding.

What is the Yosemite Slough Neighborhood Adaptation Plan?

The Yosemite Slough Neighborhood Adaptation Plan (“the Plan”) aims to address the disparity in climate adaptation planning between Bayview Hunters Point and the rest of San Francisco’s urban waterfront. The Plan will advance environmental justice in Bayview Hunters Point through:

  • Building upon existing community assets & capacity with robust public outreach and engagement;
  • Developing adaptation strategies with the latest climate science, modeling, and technical analysis; and,
  • Positioning Yosemite Slough for broad investment into local climate adaptation.

The Yosemite Slough Neighborhood Adaptation Plan is supported by the Adaptation Planning Grant Program at the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR). The Adaptation Planning Grant Program is an initiative of OPR’s Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program (ICARP). ICARP advances climate adaptation and resilience in California by coordinating investments, partnerships, and climate science to ensure people, natural systems, and the built environment are protected, prepared, and thrive in the face of climate change.

Why does this project matter?

The Yosemite Slough Adaptation Plan is an opportunity to accelerate:

  • Racial Equity: The Plan aims to address environmental justice in the Bayview by increasing community capacity, adaptation planning, and funding related to sea level rise.
  • Climate Resilience: The Plan aims to increase climate resilience in the Bayview through nature-based (and other) adaptation strategies to sea level rise and flooding, seismic, and other climate risks. 
  • Remediation & Restoration: The Plan aims to accelerate the remediation efforts and ecological restoration of the waterfront for renewed public access.  
  • Community Capacity: The Plan aims to engage youth and build neighborhood capacity in planning and designing for sea level rise in the Bayview.  
  • Replicability: The Plan aims to create a replicable approach for climate adaptation in industrial communities vulnerable to climate risks.

Without a Plan climate adaptation measures would be deferred, exacerbating environmental injustice and diminishing funding opportunities for Yosemite Slough.

Who is the project team?

The project team is composed of:

  • San Francisco Planning Department (Lead) – City’s lead for planning, design, and outreach
  • San Francisco Estuary Institute – technical advisors on ecological restoration and nature-based strategies to climate change
  • En2Action – Bayview-based partner for community outreach, engagement, and facilitation
  • BAYCAT – Bayview-based partner for storytelling, media production, and youth workforce development

The project team is also supported by other City agencies as technical advisors, such as the Port of San Francisco, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, San Francisco Public Works, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the Office of Resilience and Capital Planning, the Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure, and more.

Where is the project area?

This is the draft project area for the Yosemite Slough Neighborhood Adaptation Plan:

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Timeline Synopsis

  • Outreach and Engagement: Fall 2023 through Spring 2025
  • Technical Analysis: Spring and Summer 2024
  • Plan Development: Fall 2024 through Summer 2025 
Timeline for Environmental Justice Framework
  Fall 2023 Winter 2024 Spring 2024 Summer 2024 Fall 2024 Winter 2025 Spring 2025 Summer 2025
Outreach and Engagement    
Technical Analysis      
Plan Development    

The project timeline is subject to change.

Other Efforts

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