Waterfront Resilience Program Framework
The Port developed a Waterfront Resilience Framework to address immediate hazards including seismic and flooding, as well as longer term hazards like sea level rise. This adaptive planning framework allows the Port to act now to address risks to life safety and emergency response, while planning for mid- and long-term risks. It also allows the Port to be responsive to community priorities, changes in science, and funding and partnership opportunities.
The Port’s Waterfront Resilience Program involves close coordination with other City department and regional partners to ensure the work aligns with Citywide and regional guidance, policies, projects, and other efforts.
Waterfront Resilience Program: USACE /Port Flood Study
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Port have partnered to study flood risk along San Francisco’s bayside shoreline. The USACE/Port Flood Study area begins just north of the Port’s jurisdiction at Aquatic Park and ends just south of Heron’s Head Park at the Port’s southern boundary.
Learn more about the USACE/Port Flood Study.
Waterfront Resilience Program: Port Embarcadero Seawall Program
The Port is leading the Embarcadero Seawall Program, a citywide effort to strengthen the three mile Embarcadero Seawall from earthquake, flooding, and sea level rise risks.
The Program is currently in the planning stage, following an extensive Vulnerability Study. Critical life safety projects are estimated for completion by 2026. The Program will take decades to complete and is estimated to cost up to $5 billion.
Learn more about the Embarcadero Seawall Program.
Coordinated Port Resilience Efforts
The Waterfront Resilience Program is an inclusive effort that aligns with many different initiatives including:
Port Resilience Projects
The Port has been planning for sea level rise for years. In recognition of the Port’s critical role in creating a resilient waterfront, the Port Commission requires that every project consider current and future flooding. Every new project means a stronger waterfront. This innovative approach is leading to sea level rise adaptation and project implementation along the waterfront, including the following projects:
Learn more about the Waterfront Plan and other Port projects.
Mitigating Risks and Promoting Sustainability
The Port is not just focusing on adaptation. Successful mitigation measures include:
Learn more about the Port's mitigation and sustainability efforts.