DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delawareans could soon see changes to a host of planning, construction, land use and environmental practices based on a report outlining the threat of rising sea levels on the state.
Members of Delaware's Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee presented a final report Thursday assessing the state's vulnerability to sea level rise. It recommended ways to protect transportation systems, water systems and low-lying communities.
Committee members presented their findings to state environmental secretary Collin O'Mara. Officials hope to have the final report printed and released by Sept. 14, the start of what state lawmakers have designated Sea Level Rise Awareness Week. Workshops on implementing the report's recommendations will begin in January.
The committee's vulnerability assessment found that 8 to 11 percent of Delaware's total land area could be inundated by a sea level rise of 1.6 feet to 4.9 feet by 2100, affecting up to 17,000 residences and 48 miles of roads and bridges.