New Jersey’s tidal wetlands could disappear because of sea rise, study says

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — Sea level rise is happening so fast that some of New Jersey’s key tidal marshes could be swallowed whole by next century, eliminating critical wetlands that serve as wildlife habitat and storm barriers, according to a recently published Rutgers-led study. The study’s authors layout four potential ways to save the marshes: buying out homeowners who live at the edge of wetlands, allowing an invasive reed to spread, pumping layers of new sediment atop the marshes, or building experimental “living shorelines.” “Faced with sea level rise, a marsh has two options — it can either incre…

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