Presentation of Newburyport Climate Resiliency Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                               

Contact: Andrew Port, Director of Planning & Development,

Presentation of Newburyport Climate Resiliency Plan

Newburyport – Mayor Donna D. Holaday and Newburyport’s Resiliency Committee have developed a Climate Resiliency Plan for the City which will be presented to the public at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 18, 2021. Due to the ongoing pandemic this presentation will be done remotely via Zoom Webinar at the following URL:

A link to connect to this meeting, information about the Resiliency Committee and a full copy of Newburyport Climate Resiliency Plan can be found on the City website under the Public Meetings Calendar and Resiliency Committee pages.

Mayor Holaday stated “I am very grateful to the members of the Resiliency Committee under the Chair of David Chatfield and former Co-Chair Michael Morris who worked diligently for several years with members of our staff and community to develop this plan.  As a coastal community with a barrier island we have seen the impact of storm surge and climate change and it is critical we work collectively as a community to address these ongoing challenges.” 

The new Climate Resiliency Plan, the first developed specifically for the City of Newburyport, addresses a now global planning and sustainability issue (Climate Change) for this small seaside community, a portion of which is located on a barrier beach and much of which has frontage on the tidally influenced Merrimack River. Its chapters address Newburyport-specific climate change hazards and vulnerabilities, and recommends adaptation strategies to ensure that Newburyport remains a resilient community in the face of global warming, sea level rise and climate change implications. These strategies include infrastructure installations and improvements, regulatory and administrative approaches, community communication and education, and mitigation through “carbon footprint” reductions.

Public comment and questions will be taken at the end of the presentation. City officials are interested in hearing what residents, businesses and other local stakeholders have to say on these issues. All are welcome to attend, to comment on these issues or ask questions, and if interested get involved.

For more information, contact Andrew Port, Director of Planning & Development in Newburyport’s Planning Office, at