PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- In an effort to plan for the future of Portland's waterfront, a group of architects has come out with a study on the water levels along Commercial Street.
Each year a significant storm passes through, certain areas experience flooding, or surges of water, but this study says the water level has been steadily rising about 8 inches over the last 100 years.
But lately, the water is rising at a more accelerated rate; because the water is getting warmer, it's expanding. Add to that, glaciers melting, and this study's prediction is that in the next 100 years, the water level along Commercial Street could rise as much as 4 feet.
Members of PSA say this study should spark a conversation about where to go from here, and how to protect buildings and piers along Commercial Street. They're holding a 2 day forum in November, for more information, click here.