THE RISE SERIES: Rising sea levels bring high tides and high waves to our shores. Extreme weather events cause our rivers to flood. It is no longer possible to halt all the impacts coming with climate change. It is time to start adapting to those changes that are now inevitable.
SOUNDING THE WATERS: 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.