Saturday, March 21, 2009

Chesapeake Bay old "resort" towns face the effects of climate change

Sea levels are rising, albeit slowly, and noreasters are wearing away beaches along Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, according to a detailed front page article in the Washington Post on Thursday, March 19, 2009. The article shows a map of the town of Deale, in southern Anne Arundel County (Annapolis is on the north end), with a shaded area of beach that has been lost.

Some towns assess property owners or spend money to rebuild beaches. The Atlantic Ocean floor has actually fallen, but water levels rise nevertheless with glacial melt and probably climate change.

Many of the towns, some of which I visited today, have privatized all of the beach area, with narrow roads, some of them private, and homes right on the Bay. Often there are no public areas. The towns, Deale for example, appear to have been built as resorts by previous generations, perhaps back in the 1920s.

At a local sports bar, with its Windows XP Home server (feeding the HD broadcasts) showing through cabinets, people acknowledge the publicity the area is getting in the global warming debate. Will the likes of someone like Anderson Cooper descend when filming another installment of “Planet in Peril”? Or perhaps Professor Al Gore himself?

The Post reference link is here. The title of the story is “Eco-Bills Come Due at Bay's Beaches; Region Pays Dearly For Climate Change In Erosion, Abatement”.

The photo here is mine,at an inlet in Deale (and I made some others that I will use). The Post online article has three additional photos (which see) in a slide show.

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