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Playing with Water: Humans Are Altering Risk of Nuisance Floods

flooding along parts of the U.S. east coast
High tides can flood streets and homes, like this 2015 incident in Charleston, S.C., even on perfectly sunny days. A new study suggests that human groundwater management strategies are increasing this kind of troublesome, but not fatal, nuisance flooding along parts of the U.S. East Coast. Credit: Grace Beahm/The Post and Courier via Associated Press

New research suggests that excessive groundwater usage and damming have changed the natural risk of nuisance floods, for better or worse, in eastern U.S. coastal cities

September 28, 2017 — Nuisance flooding—the kind of sunny-day, nonfatal flooding that closes roads, seeps into basements, and generally causes, well, a nuisance—is on the rise along southern stretches of the U.S. eastern coast and on the decline farther north. The ways that humans are altering the natural flow of water in and on the Earth are partly responsible for these changes, according to an international team of researchers. Continue reading Playing with Water: Humans Are Altering Risk of Nuisance Floods