A new report places Secaucus among New Jersey communities that could face chronic flooding in the next 100 years due to rising sea levels.
The report by the Union of Concerned Scientists, Secaucus would flood 26 times or more per year under the worst-case scenario, which has sea level rising six feet by 2100. The same scenario has 66 percent of Secaucus affected by chronic flooding.
Even without the worst-case scenario, Secaucus is among the dozens of communities that will affected by even moderate sea level rise by 2035.
The difference in water level has already been noted by Hackensack Riverkeeper Bill Sheehan, who told NorthJersey.com, “It’s a pretty noticeable difference at high tide. It’s becoming a problem. You get a feeling that the wetlands are going to turn into bays and the upland area is going to turn into wetlands.”
Major impact could be felt in the Meadowlands and the Jersey Shore by 2035 and by 2080 even Newark and Elizabeth could face flooding. More than 100 New Jersey communities will be drastically impacted by the year 2100. Only Louisiana would have more cities affected.
The report comes on the heels of the United States announcing they would pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, , an agreement previously struck between 195 nations to improve the environment and reduce the impact of climate change.