King Tides Rise on the Bay

King Tides
King Tides provide a glimpse of sea level rise around the Bay. Photo by Sarah Craig.

Later this week, the sun and moon will align their gravitational pulls to form King Tides, especially high tides that provide a glimpse at the potential effects of sea level rise in our region. King Tides both foreshadow rising seas and provide an opportunity to educate Bay Area residents about climate change and its effects on our Bay.

This year, there are a number of fun and interactive opportunities to view these rising waters. Below are details about King Tides walks in Berkeley, Oakland, Palo Alto, and San Rafael. Each event is free and participants are encouraged to bring their cameras and contribute photos to the California King Tides Initiative.

Thursday Jan 30, 9-11 AM,  Berkeley: Friends of Five Creeks president Susan Schwartz leads an easy walk and talk that also focuses on waterfront history, wildlife, and restoration. Meet at Sea Breeze Deli, south side of University Avenue just west of I-880. Information: 510 848 9358, f5creeks (at) aol.com. No dogs, please.

Thursday Jan 30, 10 AM-12 PM, Oakland: Friends of Sausal Creek and Waterfront Action host a walking tour led by local historian Dennis Evanosky, who will discuss the history of the man-made channel that divided Oakland from Alameda and the varied communities along it. Meet at Fruitvale Bridge Park (Fruitvale Ave. & Alameda Ave.), where Sausal Creek reaches the estuary, Information: 510 501 3672, coordinator (at) sausalcreek.org.

Thursday Jan 30, 12 – 1 PM, Palo Alto: Acterra Stewardship Program, Environmental Volunteers, and Save The Bay are hosting a walk through the baylands with docents from the Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter. Meet at the EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Rd. Bring lunch; coffee and tea provided. Registration required — sign up here. Information: taliak (at) acterra.org.

Friday Jan 31, 11 AM – 1 PM, San Rafael: Gallinas Watershed Council hosts an easy walk along Gallinas Creek enjoying nature and learning about the watershed with hydrologist and nature lover Rachel Kamman. Meet in the parking lot of One McInnis Parkway (at the intersection of McInnis Parkway and Civic Center Drive). Information: 415 578 2580.

During this year’s King Tides, sea levels are expected to peak at over 10 ft in some areas of the Bay. As waters rise on our streets and creep closer to our front doors, we have the opportunity to experience what could become a reality in the face of climate change and sea level rise. Join one of these walks to learn about how the Bay Area is preparing for more permanent high waters.