Climate change can have especially detrimental affects for coastal communities such as coastal erosion, saltwater inundation, and flooding affecting coastal infrastructure.

This is especially a problem for wastewater treatment, as some communities found out after Hurricane Sandy:

“The danger is that stormwater could inundate the [treatment] plants, damage electrical systems and other vital controls and result in raw or partially treated sewage being released into streams, rivers and Long Island Sound.¬†That’s exactly what happened in 2012 during Storm Sandy, when about 24.3 million gallons of sewage overflowed from Connecticut wastewater systems, according to some estimates.”

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ACT is currently doing work on the coastal risks of climate change, specifically focusing on effects on freshwater which includes wastewater treatment facilities. Our past work on water governance and sea level rise provide more background about coastal risks.