Resilience in San Leandro, CA

San Leandro
San Leandro

San Leandro is situated on the San Francisco Bay between Oakland and Hayward with a population of nearly 90,000. Its community is an urban mix of residential and commercial zones ringing an industrial and manufacturing core. On the west, San Leandro will be impacted by the combination of sea level rise, high tides and flooding, disrupting mobility and damaging amenities and critical industry important to San Leandro and the regional economy.

Furthermore, impacted neighborhoods on the west side of San Leandro have struggled with poor air quality and limited access to urban amenities, while also being more vulnerable to flooding and extreme weather events. As a small city, San Leandro will need partners to pursue resilience and adaptation planning and create design projects to respond to these growing threats.

With assistance from the SCI program in 2018, the city will launch Resilient San Leandro with two primary goals.

First, Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter and staff will seek input on potential resilience actions to develop the city’s first Climate Resilience and Adaptation Plan. By starting with the results of the Climate Hazards Assessment, the city hopes to educate and to engage the public around wetlands restoration planning at the shoreline along the San Francisco Bay. Community events will provide an opportunity to recruit volunteers and activists to engage San Leandro’s residents on resilience and adaptation with an aim to promote community leadership and participatory decision making in planning, response and recovery activities.

Simultaneously, the city will focus efforts to restore 4.3 acres of transitional wetlands to tidal marsh near the water treatment plant, the Oakland airport and the regional waste transfer station owned by Waste Management as a demonstration project. With design assistance from the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, wetland restoration will enhance the natural resources of the area and provide educational resources to the surrounding communities and utilize nature-based green infrastructure to reduce the community’s water treatment costs over the long term.