sea level rise

Parts of a South Coast city’s popular oceanfront boulevard could be hit by storm waves and ocean flooding in as little as a decade, according to a new report on sea level rise.

A new report says the rise in the sea level over the coming decades could be devastating to coastal areas like Santa Barbara.

That would include iconic areas like Stearns Wharf,  as well as beaches like Leadbetter and East Beach, and areas like Cabrillo Boulevard and Shoreline Park.

A bill by a Santa Barbara congressman intended to help coastal communities prepare for some impacts of climate change has been passed by the House of Representatives. HR 3541 would give states access to grants to help assess issues like sea level rise, and to begin development of plans to address them.

Photo by A. Engstrom

Climate change is expected to cause sea level rise, which could severely impact the California coast. The County of Ventura is encouraging residents to be prepared. 

The coastal areas are already vulnerable to storms.