Sea level rise: Practical and dire consquences

I know sea level rise has been declared illegal in North Carolina, but that doesn't change the fact that it is happening ... and accelerating. For a practical look at the consequences for infrastructure (especially sewage systems), take a look at this excellent story at North Carolina Health News. It's a sobering reminder that the people in charge of our government are, for the most part, clueless fools with their heads stuck in the sand.

For Brian Roth, the mayor of Plymouth, any political back and forth about sea level rise holds little interest. Plymouth lies at the mouth of the Roanoke River, and Roth sees the water rise every time the community weathers a storm.“The road to our sewer treatment plant is a quarter mile long,” said Roth. “And we can’t get out there when it rains. The roads go underwater. Our public infrastructure goes underwater more than our residences.”

Rising water, whether due to sea-level rise or a storm surge, threatens the public health infrastructure of North Carolina’s coastal communities. From standing water, to corroded sewer pipes, to over-flowing waste treatment sites, sea level rise has direct effects on the underground network of pipes and pumps that keep human waste away from potable water.

Sewage treatment plants located just
above sea level are at risk of contaminating
local waterways during flood events.
Image courtesy David Weekly, flickr creative commons


This all should be obvious

or at least straightforward. Not meaning to take anything away from the excellent article, but the awful consequences of sea level rise can be foreseen by thinking through the scenarios, based on reliable data that's available.

It's deplorable that the right-wing extremist denialists won't even allow the government to use that data to project what's likely to happen. Many of them even laugh about climate change.

At least one of them went on a fact-finding trip to the beach and someone snapped a photo (we think it might be Crazy George Cleveland but we're not positive).

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014