PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The city of Portsmouth is wrapping up a study aimed at helping it prepare for the effects of a rise in sea level or a major storm surge.
The city has until the end of the month to complete the study, which is being funded by a grant from the Gulf of Maine Council. Peter Britz, the city's environmental planner, told the Portsmouth Herald (http://bit.ly/Yj1cgo) that while the city is vulnerable, it is better off than some nearby oceanfront communities because much of the city is on higher ground. Still, the study is expected to help officials plan for infrastructure upgrades and likely will be incorporated into the city's master plan.
A public meeting to share the study's findings will be held in May.
Information from: Portsmouth Herald, http://www.seacoastonline.com