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8:42 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Federal Funding to Combat Sea Level Rise in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's congressional delegation is touting federal funding of about $7 million to help pay for projects that will help minimize coastal flooding along the Delaware Bay and improve wetland and beach habitats.

Members of the delegation planned to join state environmental secretary Collin O'Mara on Friday for a boat tour of Mispillion Harbor and the bayshore to view areas that will be helped with the federal funding.

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8:12 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Sea Level Rise Endangers Historic Sites Around Chesapeake Bay

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The historic city of Annapolis is one of 30 places listed by the Union of Concerned Scientists that faces threats from predicted sea-level rise.

The report was released Tuesday at a news conference in Washington.

The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument on the Eastern Shore and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis are also on the list. The report is titled "National Landmarks at Risk: How Rising Seas, Floods, and Wildfires Are Threatening the United States' Most Cherished Historic Sites."

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7:51 am
Fri April 25, 2014

South Bethany Town Council Postpones Vote on Sea Level Rise Measures

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The South Bethany Beach Town Council decided to postpone legislation that is meant to protect homeowners against flooding for more than three hours.

WBOC reports that the council was set to vote on the two ordinances on Wednesday.

A town committee presented their data at the meeting but the legislation was met with opposition who said they believe action was premature.

The ordinance would have required that all new at-risk homes add an additional three feet of elevation to the base of the structure on top of the requirement by the Flood Insurance Rate Map.

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10:59 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Sea Rise Level Panel Releases Report, Some Sharp Reaction

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delawareans could soon see changes to a host of planning, construction, land use and environmental practices based on a report outlining the threat of rising sea levels on the state.

Members of Delaware's Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee presented a final report Thursday assessing the state's vulnerability to sea level rise. It recommended ways to protect transportation systems, water systems and low-lying communities.

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9:19 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Delaware Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee Holds Last Public Hearing

Flooding Worsens as Sea Level Rises
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delawareans have one last chance to weigh in on what the state should do about the threat of rising sea level.

State environmental officials are holding a final public engagement session to accept comments on options for improving Delaware's ability to prepare for sea level rise.

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9:10 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Lewes Public Meeting on Sea Level Rise Today

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With the oceans lapping up further into the coastline a public meeting will be held this afternoon at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes to examine the impact of sea level rise.

WBOC reports that this is the first such public meeting being conducted by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

They will help provide public input on the potential options developed by the state in meeting this threat and will give residents a chance to learn about the possible impacts to homes, infrastructure, natural resources and the economy.

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8:35 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Gov. Jack Markell Sworn In for Second Term


Governor Jack Markell was sworn in yesterday to begin his second term in office.


His priorities include not only the state’s economy and education but protection of the state’s coastline against the warming of the planet.


In addition, he also emphasized equality and dignity for the First State’s citizens an apparent nod to an expected effort this year to legalize same-sex marriage.


There were few specifics in his remarks but he is expected to spell out more details in his State of the State address tomorrow.

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11:52 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Warning to Homebuyers for Sea Level Rise in DE

Delaware’s Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee said that the public should look at whether property owners must disclose the vulnerability to potential buyers of the threat of sea level rise.


This would go beyond the current rule that requires sellers to let buyers know that the properties are located in designated flood zones.


The Wilmington News Journal would that this focus on predictions about the areas by the century’s end when the sea level could rise by as much 1 to 3 feet.

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10:38 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Battle Against Sea Level Rise on the Eastern Shore

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Hurricane Sandy may have been just a reminder of the impact of sea level rise as its storm surge crashed into the Atlantic Coast. On Maryland's Eastern Shore local government officials have begun to scramble to shore up the impact of the rising flood of water expected within the next one hundred years.  Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush prepared this report.

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9:03 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Rising Sea Levels Threaten Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A newly released study shows that sea level rise is a statewide threat in Delaware.


A vulnerability assessment by Delaware's Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee concludes that all three counties and 31 of the state's 57 cities and towns would be directly affected by a rise in sea level.


The assessment found that 8 to 11 percent of Delaware's total land area could be inundated by a sea level rise of 1.6 feet to 4.9 feet, affecting up to 17,000 residences and 48 miles of roads and bridges.

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3:22 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Assateague Island Could Disappear in 100 Years

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There’s a new report out that believes Assateague Island National Seashore and several other national Parks along the East Coast could be underwater within the next 100 years.


The new 77 page report by Stephen Saunders, president of the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization and co-author of the report says that the future expects to see intolerably hot summers that could damage the tourism industry and harm wildlife.


The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it also says to expect stronger coastal storm surges that could erode barrier islands like Assateague.

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8:38 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Sea Level Rising Fast Along Mid Atlantic Coast

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new government study says sea levels are rising much faster along a stretch of the East Coast than they are around the globe.

The area covers the Atlantic Coast from Cape Hatteras, N.C., to just north of Boston.

U.S. Geological Survey scientists call the 600-mile swath a "hot spot" for climbing sea levels caused by global warming. Their study says that since 1990, sea levels in that region have been rising at an annual rate that's three to four times faster than the global average.

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9:03 am
Mon June 18, 2012

New Plans to Curb Impact of Flooding In Delaware

A Delaware State panel has released a set of land-use and development recommendations aimed at preventing catastrophic flood losses and expensive drainage problems.

The recommendations by the Floodplain and Drainage Advisory Committee range from requiring flood studies in areas near streams without floodplain boundaries and mandating designs with first-floor heights at least 18 inches above the most common flood level.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports that two proposals did not get majority backing.

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