Steve Goldbeck, Deputy Director at the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, details the profound impacts that sea level rise caused by global warming will have on this region and what strategies we should adopt to address the issues.
Steven Goldbeck holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Planning and Public Policy from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He has been on the staff of San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission since 1985 where he has specialized in policy and management of technical planning issues, including water quality, sediment management and climate change. He was promoted to a Career Executive Assignment 1 (CEA 1) position in 1992.
Mr. Goldbeck has been the Commission's lead staff member on dredging issues for over 15 years. He has served as Co-chairman of the San Francisco Estuary Project's Dredging and Waterway Modification Committee, Manager of the LTMS reuse/upland studies, and Chair of the LTMS Reuse/Upland Work group. He co-authored the section of the Estuary Project's Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan on dredging and waterway modification and oversaw the 2007 update. He was a principal architect of the interagency LTMS program and Management Plan, including the creation of the award-winning Dredged Material Management Office (DMMO), and served as the Commission's project manager for the Hamilton Wetlands Restoration Project. He has overseen numerous technical studies.
Mr. Goldbeck has also served as the staff legislative coordinator for over a decade. He was appointed as Deputy Director for legislation and climate change in December 2007. In addition to authoring legislation and Bay Plan amendments, he has presented at numerous professional conferences. The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) is the state agency that regulates development in the Bay and along its shoreline.
Steven Goldbeck divides the reaction to rising sea levels in the San Francisco Bay Area into two types: fight or flight. However, he predicts that simply building levees or moving to higher ground will not be sufficient in withstanding the coming impacts of global warming.