KALW: Holding back rising sea levels in the City of Alameda, July 23, 2014

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On the southwest shore at Alameda Point is a spot called Seaplane Lagoon. Out in the water, seagulls swarm around a harbor seal as it thrashes around a stingray. Richard Bangert is capturing it all on camera. He’s a blogger for the Alameda Point Environmental Report and comes out here at least twice a week to observe the wildlife.

“There have been over 180 species of birds recorded at Alameda Point over the past decade,” he says.

Bangert is standing on the former Naval Air Station – about 10 acres of pavement with old, unused buildings. Like the eastern shoreline, Alameda Point is expected to be under four feet of water by the year 2100 if nothing is done to protect it. Unlike the eastern shoreline, the city does have a plan for protecting this area.

“A more better environmental use of this area would be to remove the pavement, remove the building and make it part of that wetland area,” says Bangert.