Sea Level Rise and Coastal Planning

Click to watch the October 3rd, 2020 - Zoom meeting recording

The sea level rise projections used in the presentation were derived from the Sea Level Rise in Washtington State a 2018 Assessment prepared by Dr. Ian Miller and others from the Washington Coastal Resiliency Project.

Here are some conceptual images that show how Langley's shoreline could be impacted by sea level rise in 2050 and 2100.
 Renderings by Alex Cattand

Here are some photographs and drone footage from King Tides in January 2020.

     Photos by Mynda Myers

     Photos by Brigid Reynolds

Drone footage by Mynda Myers

Sea Level Rise and Coastal Planning Community Workshop
October 3, 2020


  • Brigid Reynolds - Welcome and introduction
  • Shelly Vendiola - Welcome song [00:00:50]
  • Derek Hoshiko - Introduction to climate change [00:06:11]

    Derek Hoshiko is a facilitator, speaker, and organizer based in south Whidbey.  He has a background in community-based economic development, local living economies, sustainable local food systems, and the tech sector. He heads Rapid and Just Climate Action, a bold project organizing with communities in Washington State to stop global warming by 2030.  He is the primary organizer of the event.

  • Josephine ChiaMy path to a healthier environment [00:30:28]
    Josephine Chia is a freshman at South Whidbey High School and a member of the student led Interact Club. She has always been passionate about the environment and jumped at the chance to be part of this workshop.

  • Sophia Patrin - Plastics and climate change [00:33:14]

    Sophia Patrin is a freshman student at SWHS.

  • Dr. Ian Miller - Focus on sea level rise [00:38:18]

    Dr. Ian Miller, Coastal Hazard Specialist with Washington Sea Grant, is a scientist, and science communicator.  Dr. Ian Miller is Washington Sea Grant’s coastal hazards specialist, working out of Peninsula College in Port Angeles and the University of Washington’s Olympic Natural Resources Center in Forks. Ian led the development of Washington State’s most recent sea level rise assessment.  He has authored and co-authored other related publications.

  • Shelly Vendiola - Cultural context and community engagement
    Shelly Vendiola, is a Swinomish Tribal citizen and works as an educator, facilitator, activist and mediator for over 29 years.  Shelly is the co-founder of the native Community Engagement and Peacemaking Project provides facilitation and training in strategic planning, and community engagement. She works as a Cultural Services & Training Coordinator for the non-profit organization Mother Nation. And as the Communications Facilitator to the Swinomish Climate Change Initiative and the Department of Environmental Protection.
    Shelly has requested that her powerpoint presentation not be shared outside of the Oct 3rd event.  Much of the content is a ‘work in progress’ for a project she is working on for the Swinomish Community and is too early for public distribution.
    Community Engagement & Peacemaking Project - Environmental Justice

  • Todd Mitchell - Swinomish Tribes Climate Change Plan 10 years on and next 10 years [00:53:25]

    Todd Mitchell, swe-lítub, a Swinomish Tribal citizen, is the Director of the Swinomish Department of Environmental Protection. He graduated from Dartmouth College (BA, Earth Sciences & Film Studies) and Washington State University (MS, Geology) specializing in hydrogeology, igneous petrology and geochemistry. Todd works for Swinomish as a geologist and indigenous scientist researching the Tribe's water resources including traditional ecological knowledge, tidelands, surface water, groundwater, wetlands, and salmon habitat restoration research.

  • Nicole Faghin - What are adoption options for Langley? [01:08:25]
    Nicole Faghin is a Coastal Management Specialist with Washington Sea Grant at the University of Washington.  Nicole engages in education, outreach and research focused on social, economic and environmental shoreline issues including coastal adaptation. She manages the planning efforts of a NOAA Coastal Resilience Grant. Nicole holds a master’s in city planning and a law degree. Nicole was one of the main event organizers.

  • Reports from the breakout rooms [01:19:26]
    Claire Philp [01:19:30] - voice. Notes from the break out room.
    Maggie Nattress [01:21:02] - voice. Notes and video from the break out room
    Maggie Nattress is a junior at South Whidbey High School, one of the leaders of the Social Justice Club at South Whidbey, and the co-founder of United Student Leaders.
    Sophia Patrin [01:22:09]
    Annie Philp [01:23:01]. Audio from the break out room.
    Annie Philp is a junior at South Whidbey High School, a one of the leaders of the Social Justice Club at South Whidbey, and the co-founder of United Student Leaders.
    Josephine Chia [01:25:05]. Notes from the break out room.

  • Mark Daniel and Brigid Reynolds - SMP update and next steps [01:26:16]

    Mark Daniel, is a planner with the Watershed Company, which is currently assisting the City of Langley with the periodic review of its Shoreline Master Program. He has over 10 years of experience working on Shoreline Master Programs for jurisdictions throughout Washington.

  • Brigid Reynolds – Closing remarks [01:32:56]
Here is a link to the poll results where we asked if you are experiencing flooding and if you think the City should begin planning for adaptation to sea level rise.
from Shelly Vendiola's presentation
  • Honor the Earth
  • Swinomish Tribes climate page:
  • Swinomish Tribes Community newsletter:
  • Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Climate Change - Technical Impact Assessment Report 
  • "GATHER" - Survival & Healing movie trailer. As shown in Shelly's presentation.
  • Ta’Kalya Blaney and Aideen DeLa Cruz - Shallow Waters You tube video
  • Campbell, Katie KCTS 9, EarthFix - Tribal Canoe Journey and Science Connect in Salish Sea Video
  • Dondatudo, J & Campbell L., Climate Change Impacts to First Foods & Swinomish Community Health
  • Impacts of Climate Change on Washington’s Economy: A Preliminary Assessment of Risks and Opportunities. Washington Department of Ecology Publication No. 07-01-010, November 2006.  Produced for WA DOE and Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development by the Washington Economic Steering Committee and the Climate Leadership Initiative Institute for a Sustainable Environment University of Oregon
  • IPCC Working Group (2007). Climate change 2007: The Physical Science Basis, Summary for Policy Makers.  Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Solomon, S., D. Qin, M. Manning, Z. Chen, M. Marquis, K.B. Averyt, M. Tignor and H.L. Miller (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA, 996 pp.

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Shared Resources
  • Cooling the Earth is going to take a shotgun approach.  Soil has a great capacity for carbon sequestration there’s a new film about this `“Kiss the Ground:” The Joy and Potential of Soil.
  • Biochar is a strategy with great potential linked to this as well.  Burn: Using fire to cool the Earth provides an exciting description.   We’re working with Pacific Rim Institute as a model and test site for various small scale options.  What is Biochar?
  • Here’s a song that can be used as a teaching aid about the food chain/food web, “The Food Chain Song” -
  • How do we get our local and state leaders to act on making Just Transition programs a reality in our LDs and across our state, addressing the oil/gas/other toxins, and toxic military activity?
    Possible actions include:
    Encourage local and state politicians to endorse Just Transition’s framework.
    Run for your local government on a Just Transition platform.
    Organize a community event to share the Just Transition framework.
    Partner with existing groups who are working on the Just Transition framework.
  • spans the entire weekly calendar of conversations about cooling Mother Earth.

  • Todd Mitchell shared a presentation he gave at the following session:  

    Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion: Responding to Climate Change: Science, Religion, and Cultural Practices (Session) @ AAAS National Conference, Friday, February 14, 2020, 12:00pm - 1:30pm Washington State Convention Center, 705 Pike Street, Seattle, WA 
    This session explored the interconnections between resilient communities and faith traditions. Topics discussed included current climate science data; how religious and indigenous communities are adapting to become more resilient; and how elements of various faith traditions, combined with cutting edge science, can provide resources and tools for communities.  Todd's portion begins at 48:45 to 01:08:02