Rising sea levels will inevitably impact cities built near water. The City and Port of Olympia, along with LOTT Clean Water Alliance and AECOM Technical Services, are working together to create a plan to protect Downtown Olympia from the damaging effects of rising water over time.

The strategies to adapt the city to the changing climate include permanent flood protection (elevated paths and new sea walls), temporary flood protection (sandbagging and sealed street grates), non-structural actions (updating building codes and emergency response procedures), and living with water (elevating shores and allowing landscapes to escape flood).

This Saturday, Sept. 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the public is invited to attend a Sea Level Rise Walking Tour Event, which will begin at the informational booth at the Port Plaza and end at the Heritage Park Foundation. Project staff will be on hand to answer questions and highlight adaptation strategies, though those who cannot come on Saturday can still take a self-guided tour throughout September.

More information about Olympia’s strategies to react to the rising sea level will be available at the Sea Level Rise Open House and Community Meeting on Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. at the LOTT Clean Water Alliance (500 Adams St NE, Olympia). The public can also stay up to date by visiting olympiawa.gov/sealevelrise or by calling 360.753.8321.