More than 100 New Jersey communities – both in the Meadowlands and at the Jersey Shore – could face chronic flooding by 2100 because of rising sea levels, second only to Louisiana.The flooding that already plagues Carlstadt, Little Ferry, Moonachie and Teterboro in the Meadowlands, as well as West Wildwood at the Shore, could become a concern as early as 2035 for dozens of Shore communities that currently don’t experience such flooding, according to a new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists on the potential impact of sea level rise due to climate change.And by 2080, flooding could also be common in urban communities such as Newark and Elizabeth, the report concludes.New Jersey is particularly vulnerable to sea level rise, with its 126 miles of Atlantic coastline and the heavily developed riverfronts along North Jersey’s tidal waterways, like those in the Meadowlands.Since the devastation from Superstorm Sandy in 2012, the state has tried to protect its developed coastline with continuing massive beach and dune replenishment projects. But sea level is rising faster at the Shore than the global average, because the land is sinking due in part to groundwater withdrawal. Sea levels have risen a foot and a half along parts of the New… Read full this story
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