April 21, 2022


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What is Pacifica waiting for?

Rising seas and eroding shorelines have now claimed a half-dozen houses in Rodanthe in the past four years.

How about this, in England?
Adapted from Water Always Wins: Thriving in an Age of Drought and Deluge, by Erica Gies, published in June 2022 by the University of Chicago Press. Copyright © 2022 by Erica Gies.

Thanks for sharing, Peter, I’m glad to see the state is still working on this important bill.

The article plays a semantic game. The author argues for getting rid of the phrase "managed retreat" only to replace it with less offensive words such as "relocation" or "getting out of the way of the water" (sea level rise). I agree with the author's point about being specific about what would be done rather than using a phrase like "managed retreat." How about "the state funds cities to buy the houses that are threatened by sea level rise and lease them back to the owners until they are no longer safe to live in"? That's what's being proposed in state legislation, SB1078.

SB1078: Communities at high risk from sea level rise could apply to the state for a loan to purchase vulnerable property within their jurisdictions. Once the local government owns the property—which it would purchase at fair market value, not using any sort of eminent-domain power—it could lease the property back to the previous owners or to new lessees until it is no longer safe for human habitation, using the lease revenue to pay back the loan. When risks become greater, the local government could take steps to decommission the property.

Useful point, although, really: We are facing change everywhere, so wouldn't it be better if everyone gets comfortable with that fact, and moves up?

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