After protecting us for more than 100 years, the Embarcadero Seawall is in desperate need of repair. With San Francisco’s iconic waterfront at risk, the City stands ready to save it. The Port of San Francisco is leading the Seawall Earthquake Safety Program, a citywide effort to create a more sustainable and resilient waterfront.
The Embarcadero Seawall is the foundation of over three miles of the city’s northeastern waterfront stretching from Fisherman’s Wharf in the north to Mission Creek in the south. You can think of it as a rock and concrete wall that is approximately 30 feet tall and up to 100 feet wide. The Seawall supports key utility networks and transportation infrastructure for the BART, Muni, and ferry transportation networks. Additionally, the Seawall serves as a critical emergency response and recovery area and provides flood protection for downtown San Francisco.
With over $100 billion in assets and economic activity along the waterfront, the Seawall underpins the Historic Embarcadero Promenade, many of the city’s iconic destinations, parks, restaurants, and local businesses – all drawing in more than 24 million people who visit the waterfront each year.
Hear from Port Executive Director Elaine Forbes
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