City of Santa Cruz, California, Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Five Year Update (2102 - 2017)

The City of Santa Cruz, California Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) Update was adopted by the City Council in 2013 and approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 2014. The LHMP addresses climate impacts and adaptation considerations for Santa Cruz  - which are further detailed in the City’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan.

As explained in the report, the City’s original intent was to have the Adaptation Plan serve as this five year LHMP update - however the LHMP needed to address non-climatic impacts such as tsunamis and earthquakes, and did not garner approval from CalEMA as such.  In essence, the Climate Adaptation Plan is a companion document that expands upon the focus of this LHMP.

The LHMP addresses a number of “Climate Adaptation Considerations” or climate impacts that Santa Cruz is facing now and in the future, that will require hazard mitigation planning.  Some of the impacts discussed are:

  • Water quantity and quality: The plan explains that - Santa Cruz does not import external water supplies, and therefore the amount of water available from local sources changes from year to year as a function of rainfall and runoff. Shifting precipitation patterns that may occur as a result of climate change could significantly alter both the quantity and quality of water available to the City.
  • Coastal erosion: Erosion impacts have already been significant in Santa Cruz, and any increase in coastal storm frequency or severity will increase coastal cliff retreat rates. This will in turn endanger coastal properties and infrastructure.
  • Landslides: Increases in storm intensity and duration, impacts projected to worsen from climate change, may exacerbate the potential for landslides.

The City funded development of this plan with a Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant (PDM) from FEMA.

 

Publication Date: May 20, 2014

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