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Ellen Morrison

"City crews this week launched a drainage pilot program that officials hope will prolong the effects of sea level rise."

So, we want to make sure these effects last as long as possible?

Gary Miller

In October NOAH reported global sea levels had fallen every year since 1998.

Steve Fouga

This is AWESOME news!

But I couldn't find the information you quoted. I'd like to read it. Here's what I found instead:

"Global sea level has been rising over the past century, and the rate has increased in recent decades. In 2014, global sea level was 2.6 inches above the 1993 average—the highest annual average in the satellite record (1993-present). Sea level continues to rise at a rate of about one-eighth of an inch per year."

This is the first paragraph from an article on sea-level rise, taken from the NOAA website. It is the first such article to appear in the queue when using the Google search engine. [whistling]

Brian Griffith

I'm failing to see how you linked sea level rise to needing better drainage...

Steve Fouga

If your bathtub is half full and your drain is running slow, and you turn the water on full-blast, it will start to fill up, but it'll take awhile.

If your bathtub is full and your drain is running slow, and you turn the water on full-blast, it will overflow and begin to flood your bathroom immediately.

The "sea-level rise" in your bathtub made the poor drainage critical, rather than just a minor problem you had to pay attention to. Now, think of the same two situations with a properly flowing drain. Your drainage system would be able to handle the inflow of water, and the tub would be less likely to overflow. That's how sea-level rise is linked to drainage.

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