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Va seeks for ways to guard against sea level rise

Saturday - 6/15/2013, 10:40am  ET

Associated Press

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- The threat that rising sea levels pose to Virginia's coastal communities is growing each year.

But one of the authors of a state report on recurrent flooding says the state still isn't making any concerted efforts to adapt to the effects of climate change.

Earlier this year, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science submitted a report to state lawmakers that they had requested on ways to address coastal flooding. Flooding is expected to worsen over the next 20 to 50 years. The VIMS report anticipates a sea level rise in Virginia of roughly 1.5 feet during that time period.

Carl Hershner, director of VIMS' Center for Coastal Resources Management, told The Associated Press that he isn't aware of any of the report's recommendations being taken up at the state level.

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