That means more erosion. Homeowners are removing their oceanfront homes, people along the bay are building wooden walls or piles of rock. One of these scenarios features a loss of property, the other, a loss of beach.
In the next century, it is possible that a chunk of New Jersey land the size of Rhode Island will be underwater. State officials are putting aside $15million a year for shore protection, and the NJ EPA is calling for a statewide reduction of emissions.