State’s tidal wetlands could be swamped by rising seas – report

marsh, delaware bay, new jersey

TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – Roughly half the tidal wetlands in the metropolitan area are at risk of being submerged by the end of the century as sea levels rise, according to a new report by the Regional Plan Association.

The report warns that climate change threatens the remaining 70,000 acres of tidal wetlands in the New Jersey, New York and Connecticut region, a prospect that could drown those natural areas.

The scenario spells increased flooding for surrounding communities since the wetlands serve as natural buffers that absorb water during major storms, averting the inundation of inhabited areas, the 36-page report said …

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