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Greensheet #6

The aerial photo above shows how far inland waters from Sandy Hook Bay would reach in A.D. 2100 under two conditions:

  • If scientists’ predictions of climate change and sea-level rise are realized, the bay water level would be three feet higher than now. This assumes that present rates of carbon emission and global warming will increase, doubling the present rate of New Jersey shoreline migration.
  • If a storm surge equivalent to hurricane Ernesto of 2006 hit the bayshore, flood levels would reach inland to an additional seven feet of elevation (black line on the photo).
The town would be bisected north to south by a long arc of flood waters extending ten blocks from the bay as far inland as Jackson Bridge on First Avenue behind the Foodtown shopping center. Overflow from Many Mind creek would flood all of Avenue A, two blocks on Bay, Center and Highland Avenues, one block on both South Avenue and Avenue B, and half of Firemen’s Field. Land in the marina would be almost entirely under water. At Popamora Point, the far eastern end of Atlantic Highlands (not on photo), half the beach, dunes and wetlands would be flooded, and the next door trailer park would be under water.
Pages 2-3 suggest 10 steps individuals could take and 10 actions the town could consider in order to reduce carbon emissions and global warming pollution. Page 4 debunks 10 myths about global warming.

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