Here’s food for thought . . . Our beautiful Bay is at-risk
Crumbling infrastructure, rising sea levels and lack of natural barriers leave the Bay Area open to the risk of devastating floods. Compounding this danger, many critical elements of the Bay Area’s infrastructure, including airports, hospitals, water treatment plants and the headquarters of major employers, are built at or below sea level.
That means a severe storm or major flood could knock out huge parts of our regional economy, causing long-term damage to the Bay Area’s economic health.
Thankfully there are simple, relatively low-cost solutions that scientists and engineers confirm will protect our communities from flooding and our water from pollution, such as:
- Building and repairing levees and other long outdated infrastructure.
- Restoring wetlands, which naturally protect us from floods and filter pollution.
Failure to act is acting to fail: We must address potentially devastating consequences to the businesses and individuals that call the Bay Area home, as well as to California’s economy. Recognizing that business engagement is critical to the success of any plan to address these risks, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group has been engaged in a years-long collaborative effort to develop a plan and secure the necessary funding to protect our region.
We are glad to learn that today the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority voted to place the San Francisco Bay Clean Water, Pollution Prevention, and Habitat Restoration Program, known as the “Clean and Healthy Bay Ballot Measure,” on the June 2016 ballot in all nine Bay Area counties.
The measure would fund critical projects across the region that can secure the health of San Francisco Bay and protect our economy by reducing water pollution, expanding wildlife habitat, increasing bayside recreation opportunities, and protecting shoreline communities from flooding.
The measure is a critically important investment in our region’s future, which is why a broad coalition of labor, environmental and business groups, including Save the Bay, California Audubon, the Bay Area Council, and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group support the measure and are actively engaged in the campaign.