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Sea Level Rise

In Spring of 2015 NY/NJ Baykeeper, led by Jessica Evans, along with the Bayshore Regional Watershed Council launched a sea live rise impact project at the Keyport Waterfront pier.  Lines painted on the pier marks the current high tide level and the future high tide levels given 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 feet of sea level rise.

While sea level rise’s damage is imminent, Keyport is an  ideal place to show the changes in sea level over time. The Keyport Waterfront is an area used by many community members throughout the year.  The community would benefit by gaining increased awareness and a realistic perspective on what sea level rise will actually look like and how that may affect them.  We painted wooden boards (~ 12in x 5in) and nailed them to the first four posts of the pier.

Painted lines mark the current high tide level in white and the future high tide levels given 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 feet of sea level rise.  Scientists from the IPCC estimate that sea levels will rise .4 feet by 2030, 1 foot by 2050, and 3.2 feet by 2100.