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Rising sea levels pose long-term threat to Fort McHenry, report says

Dozens of national parks — including Fort McHenry in Baltimore — are threatened by rising sea levels, the Department of Interior's inspector general reports, presenting officials with "a major management and performance challenge" over the next century.

As water levels rise at an increasing pace, the inspector general reported this month, "more than one-third of assets in the Northeast are in the high-exposure category, from the Statue of Liberty in New York to the landmark structures at Boston National Historic Park and Fort McHenry in Baltimore."

The fort, where 1,000 U.S. soldiers withstood a British bombardment in 1814, inspiring Francis...