Sea levels are rising. What should we do?
According to a study by the US Geological Survey, the seas along the coast of Massachusetts are rising three to four times faster than the global average. With Hurricane Sandy, we all got a stunning preview of what is in store for cities on the east coast.
City planners everywhere are preparing for the dangers from storm surges at high tide that are already threatening coastal communities today.
And yet, despite the warnings and as houses fall into the sea on Plum Island, the Newburyport Redevelopment Authority has been expending public funds to agressively push forward plans for waterfront condominiums, shops and even underground parking.
It's time to get to real.
A waterfront park is the only responsible answer to the threat that is facing our shoreline.
For more information on the topic of global warming, rising sea levels and intensifying storm systems, we encourage you to visit the website of the Newburyport based organization Storm Surge: The Merrimack Valley Coastal Adaptation Workgroup (www.storm-surge.org).
Storm Surge was formed in 2013 by concerned local citizens is to encourage and support Merrimack Valley communities in preparing for the future impacts of sea level rise, extreme weather events and other effects of long-term climate change.
Their vision for 2023 is that all Merrimack Valley communities (1) will be fully attuned to the potential impacts of global warming, (2) will have taken many concrete steps to address current coastal vulnerabilities, and (3) will be actively working to build long term community resilience.