RALEIGH — North Carolina’s 2012 “Coastal Management Policies” law (H.B. 819) is often ridiculed. Many see it as a measurement to protect real estate instead of providing proper management of coastal communities, vacationers or the environment. Surfrider Foundation, a national advocacy group, recently gave a grade of D to NC for its protection of its coast and beaches.
Coastal residents acknowledge sea level rise is creating stronger storm surges, more frequent flooding and saltwater intrusion into farmlands. A two-foot sea level rise would inundate most of the Outer Banks.
Scientists say North Carolina’s coast is a hot spot for accelerated sea level rise, with some estimating that levels will rise 39 inches this century. But state legislators proposed a law in 2012 that ignored those projections. In 2015, a state science panel predicted sea levels will rise between 3.5 and 10.6 inches on North Carolina’s coast over the next 30 years.
This link allows exploration of sea level changes on the nation.