photo via City of Annapolis
photo via City of Annapolis

A historic preservation group bestowed “National Treasure” status on Annapolis today, but they didn’t have Nicolas Cage or tourism dollars in mind. Instead, they’re aiming to keep the jewel from disappearing underwater.

They’ve got the Naval Academy and good crabs and all, but the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s official reaason for making Annapolis a National Treasure is all about preventing flooding.

The Trust’s official statement of purpose is to “Protect historic Annapolis from increasing climate threats by incorporating historic resources into local hazard mitigation planning.”

The rising Chesapeake Bay has resulted in more flooding in Annapolis in recent years, and waters are expected to keep coming up.  A recent report predicted parts of Annapolis would spend 10 percent of the year underwater within the next 30 years.

“In the Chesapeake Bay, the combined effects of sinking land and rising seas have resulted in a rate of sea level rise that is twice the world average and poses an even greater danger to Annapolis and its historic resources,” the Trust states.

The Trust is interested in working with Annapolis, however, because they have already recognized the importance of historic architecture. They want to help the city reduce risk to their historical places and other locations of cultural significance, and raise a sense of urgency about climate change-based threats.

Check out the campaign’s website, where you can share concerns about Annapolis’ future, or, donate to the cause.

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.