Environmental groups seek help documenting week’s ‘king tides’
Local environmental organizations are part of a statewide project seeing volunteers to document this winter’s “king tides.” This Wednesday, Thursday and Friday some of the highest tides of the year are expected.
On Friday, particularly high tides from 7:30 to 9 a.m. — raising water levels five to eight inches above normal – are likely, according to a press release from the sponsoring organizations.
They are calling on residents to submit photos taken during high tides of areas known to flood and areas where high water levels can be gauged against sea walls, jetties, bridge supports, or dikes.
“Our shoreline greatly contributes to our economy and our livelihood, and it houses important habitat for a variety of plants and animals,” says Jen Kovecses, staff scientist for San Diego Coastkeeper. “These king tides give us a rare chance to visualize how gravely sea level rise will change our shoreline. One common sense solution is to restore and protect wetlands, which function like natural sponges, buffering against rising sea levels, higher tides, and increased storm and wave activity.”
Locally, the efforts will be particularly focused on La Jolla Shores, Torrey Pines (at the beach strand where Penasquitos enters the ocean), San Diego Bay, Oceanside beach, San Elijo Lagoon, Del Mar Dog Beach/San Dieguito Lagoon entrance and Mission Beach.
San Diego participants will be eligible to win one of three prize packs.
The press release notes that the “organizations will use the photography to help policymakers visualize projected impacts from rising sea levels and take action to protect homes, harbors, airports, and other key infrastructure as well as wetlands, beaches and public access to the coast.”
According to The San Diego Foundation’s Regional Focus 2050 Study, which included contributions from more than 40 multi-disciplinary experts from regional universities, local governments, public sector agencies, nonprofits, and private sector organizations, increases in sea level in San Diego could be 12 to 18 inches by 2050.
NOAA’s Tidal Charts show locations and predictions (http://www.co-ops.nos.noaa.gov/tides11/tab2wc1a.html#122) for the expected high tides this week.
Residents who take photos are asked to submit them along with contact information, photo location, orientation and date and time of day, directly to the San Diego King Tide page at http://www.flickr.com/groups/sandiegokingtides/.
Local partners include Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, San Diego Coastkeeper, the San Diego Foundation, Surfrider San Diego Chapter, and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability.
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