by Chris Sturm
Setting aside debates about climate change, it’s no secret that sea levels are rising in New Jersey. Some Research scientists at Rutgers University expect sea levels to rise 17 inches by 2050 and 44 inches by 2100. This means that, as time goes on, more and more low-lying coastal areas will be completely underwater. Effects will be magnified during storm events, increasing the severity of flooding in coastal and bay areas. By 2100 Atlantic City, for example, is predicted to experience floods every year or two as severe as those that today happen only once a century.
What’s been kept under wraps, though, is whether the state’s Sandy rebuilding efforts will acknowledge sea-level rise and help New Jersey’s towns, counties, and infrastructure agencies to plan accordingly.
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