On June 24, 1972, four unidentified men in a motor boat survey the damage caused by Hurricane Agnes in
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, after heavy rains caused the Susquehanna River to overflow.
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looding from large storm events is and has been a real threat in the
Chesapeake Bay region. From Cooperstown, New York, to Hampton Roads,
Scientists believe that increased water temperatures, sea level rise, and more violent
storms will exacerbate flooding in the future. Although climate change may be a difficult ship to turn, there of many choices for mitigating its effects. The best news is
that these same practices can also improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay and all
the rivers and streams that feed it.
In Hampton Roads, CBF Sea Level Rise Fellow Thomas Quattlebaum is working
closely with localities on flooding adaptation. “Climate change presents opportunities
to create a more resilient future for generations to come through the use of nature-based solutions,” Quattlebaum says. “We can increase resiliency to storms and flooding with coastal solutions like living shorelines, oyster reefs, and marsh restoration
and smaller scale stormwater infiltration options like rain gardens, bioswales, and rain
barrels. These natural options protect the land, hold flood water, and prevent erosion.
With one set of solutions we can protect coastal areas from flooding; filter polluted
runoff; provide habitat for wildlife; create greener, more outdoor-friendly cities; and
increase property values.”