Those Rooted at Water’s Edge Face Threat of Rising Sea Levels

Steve’s pickup truck bumps along a narrow dirt road running along the top of a levee. This is Tyler Island, in the San Francisco Delta, where Steve is a third-generation farmer; his son is being raised as the fourth. But Steve’s land lies 20 feet below sea level, and the levees protecting it from the surrounding waters are threatened by sea level rise. For Steve, retreat is not an option. He has a family legacy to preserve. This story is part of a media series called RISE: Climate Change and Coastal Communities by Claire Schoen Media. To see videos of all the stories in the RISE series, please visit:

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