This Sunday at 1:30 PM, at Pinecrest Garden (for location, click here), Dr. Wanless will update for the general public -- thanks to Friends of the Everglades -- the latest science on climate change and sea level rise.
As Eye on Miami has documented with photos, sea level rise is here. Check our archive feature.
Along this line, yesterday I happened across the beach "renourishment" project in Delray, by the US Army Corps of Engineers. I captured the "action" with my iPhone camera. What you are looking at represents hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, in the futile effort to keep the tides, down.
My two year old niece was playing by the water's edge. As I took in, what was happening, I noted (to myself and now to you) I won't be around when she is my age, late fifties. But in fifty years Florida will have abandoned trying to hold back the rising seas with efforts like this.
The sea will be rising too fast in too many places. And those fifty year olds may be wondering, if they are not already scrambling, why didn't our generations do more than shovel sand against the sea?
The tide line is not at the condos yet (in Ft. Lauderdale, parts of US 1 are already there), but the rate of acceleration puts the odds in favor of this scenario.
The first photo captures a dredge and a pipe conveying bottom sand into a pipe that, under very high pressure, moves the slurry toward the beach. The process involves redistributing massive amounts of wet sand lifted from the sea bottom and pumped through pipe to the shore.
My brother told me that finding sea shells in the scavenged sand is much better than at the tide line. Not as much fun, but a sign of the times that defies description.