Alaskan Village Votes To Relocate Ahead of Sea Level Rise

"Residents of the coastal Alaska village with some of the worst erosion in the state voted this week to relocate rather than stay and protect the land they already have.

The advisory vote in the village of Shishmaref was fairly close, with 94 voters who picked relocating to one of two nearby sites on the mainland, and 78 who said they would rather "protect in place." The City Council certified the election results Thursday, said Donna Barr, a council member who serves as secretary.

The ballot measure included specific sites for relocation, she said."

Lisa Demer reports for the Alaska Dispatch News August 19, 2016.


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Source: Alaska Dispatch News, 08/19/2016