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Office for Coastal Management, 2022: A Collaborative Process to Develop Solutions for Tidal Road Flooding in China Camp State Park - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative),

Item Identification

Title: A Collaborative Process to Develop Solutions for Tidal Road Flooding in China Camp State Park - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative)
Status: Completed
Creation Date: 2019

This project initiated an adaptation planning process to address tidal road flooding in China Camp State Park in the San Francisco Bay area. Using a facilitated process that blended technical expertise and active community participation, a wide range of stakeholders representing diverse local interests identified and evaluated adaptation options for the park’s North San Pedro Road. New field research improved understanding of the extent to which sea level rise influences the shoreline, marsh, and road. A series of workshops generated a clearly defined set of adaptation options and their pros and cons, and created a strategy to move forward with planning and implementation. The project offers a potential model for other communities facing similar threats to coastal infrastructure.


Coastal communities around the country are facing rising seas and tidal flooding and must find creative solutions to protect low-lying roads, homes, and other coastal infrastructure. This project took a close look at one example of this complex problem—a shoreline road that bisects the San Francisco National Estuarine Research Reserve’s China Camp State Park. The shoreline section of North San Pedro Road is an important transportation corridor; however, the road routinely floods, and its undersized culverts restrict tidal influence in the interior marshes, which limits their ability to adapt naturally to sea level rise. This project brought together key stakeholders and decision makers to initiate an adaptation planning process from the bottom up. In discussions of short- and long-term fixes for North San Pedro Road, stakeholders agreed on the need to generate adaptation options that could protect the road, marsh, and surrounding human and natural communities.

This project brings together key stakeholders and decision makers to initiate adaptation planning from the bottom-up. The project approach involves a mix of targeted data collection, technical analyses and syntheses, and well planned and facilitated stakeholder meetings to identify, evaluate, and compare road reconfiguration options. The project will pave the way for implementing an adaptation solution at China Camp and potentially serve as a model for other communities facing similar problems nationwide.

Supplemental Information:

==Project Lead and Contact

Stuart Siegel, San Francisco Bay NERR,

Aimee Good, San Francisco Bay NERR,

==Project Type: Catalyst

==Project Partners

California Department of Parks and Recreation

Center for Collaborative Policy

Marin County Board of Supervisors

Marin County Department of Public Works

San Francisco Bay National Estuary Research Reserve


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
None adaptation
None climate change
None planning
None sea level rise

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None San Francisco Bay, CA

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Data Set Type: dataset
Maintenance Frequency: None Planned
Data Presentation Form: Other
Distribution Liability:

The distributor does not assume liability.

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 999886
Date Effective From: 2015
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Office for Coastal Management (OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Avenue
Charleston, SC 29405-2413


CC ID: 999884
Date Effective From: 2015
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Office for Coastal Management (OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Avenue
Charleston, SC 29405-2413

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 878392
Date Effective From: 2017-10-31
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Cothran, Jeremy
Email Address:


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 880900
W° Bound: -122.505
E° Bound: -122.45
N° Bound: 38.014
S° Bound: 37.98

San Francisco Bay, CA NERRS

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 878397
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2018-09-01
End: 2019-08-01

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Constraints:


Data Use Constraints:

Cite this dataset when used as a source: NOAA retains the right to analyze, synthesize and publish summaries of the NERRS/NSC data. The NERRS/NSC retains the right to be fully credited for having collected and process the data. Following academic courtesy standards, the NERR site where the data were collected should be contacted and fully acknowledged in any subsequent publications in which any part of the data are used. The data enclosed within this package/transmission are only as accurate as the quality assurance and quality control procedures that are described in the associated metadata reporting statement allow. The user bears all responsibility for its subsequent use/misuse in any further analyses or comparisons. The Federal government does not assume liability to the Recipient or third persons, nor will the Federal government reimburse or indemnify the Recipient for its liability due to any losses resulting in any way from the use of this data. Requested citation format: NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Science Collaborative(NSC).

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 999883
Download URL:
Distributor: Office for Coastal Management (OCM) (2015 - Present)
File Name: Siegel18
File Type: Multiple formats



CC ID: 878394
URL Type:
Online Resource

This site provides a project overview and links to all associated products, including data.


CC ID: 878399
URL Type:
Online Resource

Project Website

Data Quality



Quality Control Procedures Employed:

This information is detailed within the project links.


Lineage Statement:

This information is detailed within the project links.



CC ID: 999880

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 999881


Process Contact: Office for Coastal Management (OCM)

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 57696
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:57696
Metadata Record Created By: Jeremy Cothran
Metadata Record Created: 2019-09-24 12:17+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2021-11-30 16:27+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2019-11-01
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year