New web tool deepens development decisions and floods

For example, site users will be able to see how:

  • Roads leading to the proposed bridge from Mid-Currituck to North Carolina could be flooded on sunny days in the future if the sea level only rose two feet, making the span unnecessary.
  • A proposed spaceport on the Georgia coast could be submerged by a Category 2 hurricane.
  • A 21 million ton pile of toxic coal ash on the banks of the Mobile River at Alabama could also be threatened by a Category 2 hurricane, and this threat is only increasing as sea levels continue to rise. A breach could spread toxic ash down the river, across the Tensaw Delta and into Mobile Bay.
  • A 9,000 acre housing development project in Charleston could flood now with just a Category 1 hurricane. And rising seas could plunge parts of the development underwater before the mortgages are paid off.
  • Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay could be submerged now by the storm surge of a Category 1 hurricane, or by the bay in years to come if sea levels rise only two feet.

“This tool and the data it contains will show you where the water will be in the years to come,” said Chris DeScherer, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center. “It will also reveal how proposed developments and infrastructure will perform as sea levels continue to rise. The aim is to help guide decisions for the future and plan smart strategies to protect what exists. now.”

The changing coast designers have incorporated a dozen databases to show a complete picture of how future flooding will affect coastlines VirginiaNorth and Caroline from the south, Georgia and Alabama.

If you would like to schedule a Zoom session with an SELC geospatial or scientific analyst to discuss how this tool could help you with your flood and climate change reporting, please contact Mike Mather via the contact information in the header.

The Southern Environmental Law Center is one of the strongest environmental advocates in the country, rooted in the South. With a long track record, SELC takes on the toughest environmental challenges in court, in government, and in our communities to protect the air, water, climate, wildlife, land, and people of our region. Non-profit and non-partisan, the organization has 170 employees, including 90 lawyers, and is headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia.with offices at Ashville, Atlanta, birmingham, Chapel Hill, Charleston, Nashville, richmondand washington d.c.

SOURCE Southern Environmental Law Center

Esther L. Gunn