Climate Signals summary: Sea level rise due to human-caused climate change is causing an increase in coastal flooding events, impacting cities and towns all along the coast, including Bay Head, New Jersey.
An elite but often-underwater beach town at the Jersey Shore is looking for its own solutions to back bay flooding, deciding it can’t wait for state and federal officials to agree on a fix.
Bay Head is studying options to prevent, or at least reduce, incidents of so-called “sunny day” flooding caused by tides and rising sea levels, as well as major storm-related floods.
A preliminary plan unveiled Tuesday at a town hall meeting suggested a mix of short and long-term steps the borough could take.
Rick McGoey, a member of Bay Head’s environmental commission who gave the presentation, said “nuisance flooding” occurs in town between 12 to 18 times a year; major flooding occurs 6 to 7 times a year. But those frequencies are sure to rise, he added.
The town realizes that climate change and sea level rise are very real problems, McGoey said.
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