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A KPBS story on November 15 focused on San Diego Port Authority draft maps which indicated the rising sea level might call into question the expansion of the San Diego Convention Center and the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan.

According to the KPBS report, the maps examining the rising sea level were prepared by San Diego port contractor Environ and were being reviewed by Port's environmental advisory committee.

Port commissioner Lee Burdick, a member of the advisory committee, told KPBS, "We can't even wrap our minds around the amount of capital investment that's going to be required over the next 25,50 and 100 years to address this concern."

Burdick referred to the potential flood risk as "alarming" if public agencies do nothing. She also said, "Clearly the South Bay, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, the Silver Strand and Coronado are particularly vulnerable."

In a November 16 interview with the San Diego Reader, port commissioner Ann Moore poured balm on the troubled waters. She said that she and other commissioners were concerned that these maps were released before they came before the full commission. "Those maps are draft maps--they are looking at possible changes over a 100 year time frame. I look at it like an earthquake fault, you can't ignore it. You have to plan for the potential impacts."

To that end, Moore anticipates the port will have a workshop in February that will dig into climate change issues. She said the board will be looking at policy issues such as how to regulate sea-level rise. Should it be addressed in phases? What will the cost be? How will we protect the structures and natural resources?

Moore said that she also was concerned that misinformation might have be communicated about the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan. "The CVMP was ahead of the curve in what we looked at environmentally--the rising sea was one of the things that the plan has already taken into consideration."

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