sea level rise

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The Delmarva peninsula is struggling with rising sea levels with many towns along the coast carrying out efforts to mitigate the impact. Meanwhile, Maryland has been in the forefront of efforts to rein in greenhouse emissions. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with Ashley Lawson, senior fellow at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, during an appearance on the campus of Salisbury University to talk about solutions.


The Mayor of Tangier Island James Eskridge got an unusual phone call yesterday afternoon.

It was from President Donald Trump.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the president made contact after seeing a report about the island last week on CNN.

Eskridge told the paper he got the call around 2 p.m. and called it “unreal”.

He said that the president told him, “You’ve got one heck of an island there.”

Eskridge told the president that the island residents were big Trump supporters.

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Governor John Carney announced that the First State has joined the coalition to fight climate change despite the decision by the Trump administration to pull out of the Paris climate accords.

In his statement Carney noted that Delaware is one of the most vulnerable to sea level rise with 381 miles of coastline.

He said that this could affect 17-thousand homes and 500 miles of roadways.

Delaware becomes the ninth state to join the U.S Climate Alliance consisting of states, Puerto Rico and local governments.

The sea level may be rising but the marshes along the Delaware coastline appear to be holding their own.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that mud and silt from the streams flowing into marshes appear to be keeping them healthy.

That’s the result of a new report that looked at 16 sites in the National Coastal Reserve System.

The report found that two marshes in Rhode Island and Massachusetts were the most vulnerable.

But overall it found that Atlantic marshes appear to be in better shape than those along the Pacific coast.

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The Assateague State Park has decided to end the use of 8 of its campgrounds.

The reason: Sea Level Rise.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it is part of the Campground Improvement Project -- an effort to boost the sustainability of the coastal barrier island.

The paper reports that five camp loop roads will be shifted 20 to 100 feet to the west.

That will mean 18 campsites will be moved inland while the other 8 will be closed.

The plan will require approval by the Critical Area Commission before it moves forward.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are continuing discuss efforts to address the growing threat of sea level rise in the state's coastal areas, although any major projects are still far off.

At its first meeting this year on Wednesday, the two-year-old Joint Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding remained focused mainly on the possibilities of what can and should be done.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia has set up a new revolving loan fund designed to help property owners prepare for rising sea levels.

But the Virginian-Pilot reports that the fund has no funds and may not have any money for several years.

Still, Virginia Shoreline Resiliency Fund supporters say the program puts Virginia at the forefront of preparing for ways to help homeowners and businesses with rising sea levels.

The General Assembly approved the fund earlier this year and Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed the legislation into law.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A report says islanders in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay could be among the first "climate change refugees" in the continental United States.

The research published in the journal Scientific Reports says residents of steadily shrinking Tangier Island will have to abandon their fishing community in about 50 years amid rising seas.

The author is David Schulte, an oceanographer with the Army Corps of Engineers. He calls Tangier a "ground zero" for climate change in the U.S.

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Sea level rise could endanger the $135 million in assets of the Assateague Island National Seashore.

That’s according to a recent report from the Department of Interior.

Some estimates put the rise as high as one meter over the next 150 years.

That, the report says, would overwhelm 95 percent of the park including roads, fences and the watering station.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that as a result park officials in Virginia have made buildings on the island moveable.

This would allow them to bring the structure further inland.

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Restoration of the marshes at Prime Hook National Wildlife refuge is set to begin June 15th.

It will be the first step in a $36 million effort to fight rising sea levels along the Delaware Bay.

Work crews will create drainage channels followed by over a million cubic yards of sand to beef up the beach just south of Fowler Beach Road to deal with openings caused by Hurricane Sandy.

There will also be a dune with grass to preserve the area and provide time for some of the wetlands adversely affected by human activity.