Woods Hole Partnership Examines Sea-Level Rise | CapeCod.com

In 1954 Hurricane Carol flooded School Street in Woods Hole, from Eel Pond across road at lowest point. Credit Oliver B Brown/Courtesy Woods Hole Historical Museum

FALMOUTH – A local partnership presented their plans for helping Woods Hole adapt to rising sea levels at a recent meeting of the Falmouth Select Board.

Resilient Woods Hole is a private-public collaboration to prepare the village for sea-level rise, flooding, and shoreline loss.

The initiative is led by a partnership between Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center.

Project Manager Leslie-Ann McGee said local businesses, community groups, and other stakeholders are all part of Resilient Woods Hole’s steering committee.

The group received a grant from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management for recent community outreach including adaptation workshops and stakeholder surveys.

The surveys involved presenting residents with different options for adaptations like constructing hard structures or taking a more natural approach. The forms also asked if people wanted to retreat or live with water.

“One of the remarkable answers was ‘Doing nothing is not an option.’ I think the community recognizes that they have to start adapting and they wanted to work with us to do that,” McGee said. Read the full story on CapeCod.com.

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