Boston Living with Sea Level Rise

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Turns out that Boston has a “living with water” organization.  “Over the last three centuries,” they tell us, “Boston has confidently filled in marshes and tidelands creating new neighborhoods and increasing the city’s footprint by over fifty percent…. In the last century, water levels have risen almost 12 inches. Today portions of Boston’s waterfront flood monthly during the “wicked”, or astronomical, high tide when the sun and moon align. With the Boston Harbor sea level predicted to rise as much as five to six feet by 2100, over thirty percent of Boston faces chronically salt water flooding.”

Living With Water recently sponsored a competition looking for plans that could help Boston accommodate flooding linked to climate change.  Some of the results are here and here.

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