Charleston preparing $100M project to fight sea level rise
Posted July 15
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Charleston is known for its remarkable homes that creep to the water's edge in the downtown historic district. Now, part of that area where civilization meets the sea is in for a face-lift to combat rising sea levels.
The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that the South Carolina city is gearing up for a $100 million project to raise part of the Battery by two-and-a-half feet.
The change is needed to prepare for rising sea levels over the next century. A new report released by the Union of Concerned Scientists concluded that by 2060, under moderate sea-rise scenarios, 16 percent of peninsular Charleston will see debilitating floods every other week on average.
Officials estimate the mile-long project will take more than a decade to complete.