Welcome to
Coastal Symposium 15




The issues of sea level rise (SLR) climate change and have emerged so quickly that the practice of how to respond to them can cause confusion about what is required, what solutions will work, and how to fund or implement studies and new practices. This symposium is designed to hear from the experts and then work together through the information with attendees in real time to inform the next phase of response. To do this, we are bringing coastal communities, practitioners, consultants, scientists, and modelers, to discuss the overall process and discuss the opportunities, constraints and best strategies for coastal communities in and consultants.

CalCoast has been working with the League of California Cities Coastal Issues Group (CCIG), the Natural Resources Agency, California Coastal Commission (CCC), State Coastal Conservancy, State Lands, the Water Boards, USC Sea Grant, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Connected Issue, a number of state and federal agencies, local government and the private sector on a symposium to be held in San Diego (May 26-28, Bahia Hotel, Mission Bay, San Diego) that will focus on SLR and climate change in the context of LCPs, General Plans, and EIRs, as well as the availability of grants, implementation, storm water permits, and related issues. The symposium features a workshop the last morning and every presentation/panel will allow for at least 30 minutes for participant Q&A and discussion.


The Program

  • The purpose of this symposium/workshop is to help coastal cities and consultants plan for SLR and climate change in the face of evolving guidances, various SLR models, and emerging information. Attendees will hear the latest on grants, which guidances to follow, how to prepare LCPs, EIRs, LCP updates, General Plan updates, storm water permit applications, etc. that incorporate SLR and climate change. We will also discuss proposed legislation and regulations (state and federal), as well as the state budget and legal issues, including litigation. Interest in the symposium/workshop has been strong and we are fortunate to have a great nuts and bolts program with expert speakers.
  • Tuesday's luncheon keynote speaker will be Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer of the State Coastal Conservancy.
  • Wednesday's luncheon keynote speaker will be Dr. Charles Lester, Executive Director of the California Coastal Commission.
  • Coastal Commission staff is planning a session for Wednesday morning.
  • Thursday's luncheon keynote address will be given by Dr. Jerry Schubel, CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific.
  • Thursday morning will feature a workshop for coastal communities and consultants to review symposium highlights, strategize on next steps, and discuss action items moving forward. Conference registration will be $350 through May 8, then $375. Register Now

The Hotel

  • The symposium/workshop will be held at the Bahia Hotel on Mission Bay, San Diego, California. We negotiated an unbelievable rate of only $125 per night for hotel rooms (early rate through May 8). The hotel is on Mission Bay and only a few blocks from Mission Beach. Also, guest rooms and meeting space at the Bahia were recently renovated. Book a Reservation Now