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Jul 27, 2015 9:45 PM

Coastal climate change challenges NH municipalities


CONCORD - By 2050, the sea level along the coast of New Hampshire could rise up to three feet.

That is alarming to Roger Stephenson, a spokesperson for the Union of Concerned Scientists. He said more sea water on land would affect all of the municipalities along the coastline. Water systems and other infrastructure must be examined to make sure the public's health is not put at risk.

"Municipalities need to adapt to a changing environment," Stephenson told NH1 News.

Salt water could leak into well water, and buildings along New Hampshire's historic seacoast may suffer from damage, Stephenson said.

Global warming is also leading to more severe storms, which hits coastal towns and cities hard.

"Municipalities are waking up to the fact that they have to deal with more frequent storms, more frequent storm surges, and increased incidents of flooding," Stephenson said of the changes that have already taken place.

To see Stephenson's entire interview, click here.

Follow Kimberley Haas on Twitter @KHaasNH1.


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