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Sea Level Rise Report — Coming Soon!

Kevin Stark measuring high tide at the Ferry Building in San Francisco.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our summer campaign this past week! Together you pledged nearly $6,000 to support the San Francisco Public Press, bringing our summer fundraising total close to $31,000.

Join this week’s flash campaign to help us reach our $50,000 goal even faster: New and renewed membership donations through the end of Friday, July 10, will be matched up to $500 by Public Press board member David Cohn and his wife Megan.

An additional incentive to act now: If you join by Monday, July 13, you will be listed as a member in Issue 17, which will be published next week.

We’re excited to share the new issue with you. Lead reporters Kevin Stark (pictured here measuring high tide near the Ferry Building) and Winnie Bird have been working on the sea level rise project since early this year, supported by a sprawling crew of interns, senior editors, cartographers, photographers and illustrators.

The Bay Area’s current building frenzy includes both housing and commercial construction. In examining approval processes for new buildings on the bay’s edge, our team found that cities are green-lighting waterfront development with little regard for long-term planning or the future cost of retrofitting large-scale projects — a burden passed on to future residents — in light of consensus projections for sea level rise.

Map preview of San Francisco Bay waterfront development.

This report is heading to press and is guaranteed to reach readers. Can you help us keep this work going? We need your support to ensure that the San Francisco Public Press can continue producing in-depth investigations that show the real impact of public policy decisions and help all of us in the Bay Area understand our communities better.

Help the San Francisco Public Press raise $50,000 this summer and take advantage of a $15,000 matching grant from the San Francisco Foundation by donating today to support our work as a trailblazer for public-interest journalism.

Thank you for joining us in this effort!

Graphic via FreeimagesHub. Illustration by Olivia Henry.