Building Baylands Resilience in San Pablo Bay
After an intensive research phase focusing on San Pablo Bay and the surrounding communities vulnerable to sea level rise, Common Ground is excited to continue its efforts to build resilience at a regional scale by looking at a key segment of a vital transit corridor - State Route 37 and the baylands it passes through. The San Pablo Baylands (SPB), or “Huichica” as they have been known historically, is the complex of bay marshes, wetlands, and estuarine flats of the Tolay and Sonoma Creeks and Napa River that extend from Sears Point in the west to the northern tip of Mare Island to the east, and north to Route 12.
This focus on highway 37 and segment B, in particular, is driven by stakeholder priorities and the rich opportunities for holistic resilience problem-solving on behalf of the San Pablo Bay community. The future of the Napa and Sonoma baylands north of the highway are inextricably linked to whatever solutions are proposed for the highway itself. We’re approaching this entire zone as a single planning unit that requires a holistic study of natural and cultural systems, not only a highway study.