Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015

Living behind a seawall

Weighing storm surge protection v. waterfront access


NJ Advance Media

Five options have been presented to the public to protect Hoboken and part of Weehawken, N.J., from the kind of storm surge that flooded the communities during Hurricane Sandy. All five concepts were similar in that each involved erecting a network of seawalls to keep walls of water from rushing into low-lying areas, where it remained in Sandy's case for days even after the sea-swollen Hudson River had retreated.


Chesapeake islands will be underwater in 50 years

Red Orbit

The residents of Tangier Island — a small community on a landmass completely surrounded by the waters of the Chesapeake Bay — could be the first American climate refugees, claims new research led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Norfolk District, Va.


What can Pa. and N.J. learn from California?

Philadelphia Inquirer

In recent months, drought watches have been declared for more than half the counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey due to below-normal precipitation combined with low water supply. This has not made headlines on the East Coast. But if it continues, these states might look to California, which has been dealing with a drought of historic proportions.

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