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The Maryland Curiosity Bureau

How will sea level rise impact Baltimore?

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Aaron Henkin
This image from the NOAA Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper shows flood risks in South Baltimore (image from the NOAA Office for Coastal Management website: www.https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/tools/flood-exposure)

Markers show that the water level in Baltimore’s harbor is a foot higher than it was a century ago. Projections indicate that it’ll rise at least that much more in the next hundred years. What’ll that mean for waterfront neighborhoods and businesses? How will it impact water pipes and roads? And what are we doing to cope with it?

This episode, we hear from:

Lisa McNeilly, Director of the Baltimore Office of Sustainability

Benjamin Grumbles, Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment

Brad Rogers, Executive Director at South Baltimore Gateway Partnership

Meleny Thomas, Executive Director at South Baltimore Community Land Trust

Hanover Street Flooding
Flooding on Hanover Street (photo c/o South Baltimore Gateway Partnership)

Aaron creates and produces original radio programs and podcasts for WYPR. His current project is The Maryland Curiosity Bureau. Aaron's neighborhood documentary series, Out of the Blocks, earned the 2018 national Edward R Murrow Award. His past work includes the long-running weekly cultural program, The Signal, and the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings series, Tapestry of the Times. Aaron's stories have aired nationally on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.