California’s climate is famously volatile, with seasons of devastating floods separated by years of remorseless drought. The Bay Area Council Water Committee brings together the region’s top employers, engineers, water agencies, and environmental stewards to develop research and policies to increase the Bay Area’s resilience to sea level rise, extreme storm events, and increase the Bay’s environmental health. In 2015, the Bay Area Council Economic Institute released Surviving the Storm, which estimates the region could face more than $10 billion in economic damages in a 150-year storm event. See full report in the Media + Resources dropdown link below. To learn about the Council’s policy work on drought and drinking water supply, click here.

2017 Policy Priorities

  • Secure state + federal matching funds for regional flood protection and wetland projects
  • Coordinate permitting for wetland restoration projects in San Francisco Bay

Boards and Projects