Climate change: Rising sea levels threaten historic lighthouses in NJ, across globe

East Point Lighthouse

WAYNE PARRY / AP / COURIER POST – Rising seas and erosion are threatening lighthouses around the U.S. and the world. Volunteers and cash-strapped governments are doing what they can, but the level of concern, like the water, is rising.

The East Point Lighthouse has been lighting up Delaware Bay in Cumberland County for the better part of two centuries. But those same waters that the lighthouse helped illuminate might bring about its demise.

With even a moderate-term fix likely to cost $3 million or more, New Jersey officials are considering what to do to save the lighthouse. Nancy Patterson, president of the Maurice River Historical Society, says something needs to be done now …

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