In October 2015, Mayor Donna D. Holaday was an invited panelist and participant at the Rising Tides: Protecting the Future of America's Coastlines summit hosted by Mayor Bob Lister of Portsmouth, NH and State Senator Nancy Stiles of Hampton, NH, sponsored by the Union of Concerned Scientists. This summit of elected officials from 19 coastal states, scientists, and representatives from NOAA, FEMA, and the Army Corps of Engineers sought to amplify the local impacts and challenges communities face as a result of unprecedented coastal flooding in towns and cities along the Atlantic coast. To view Mayor Holaday's interview, click HERE.
In September, City leaders and the US Environmental Protection Agency hosted a two-day flood resiliency workshop about flooding impacts and solutions focusing on Newburyport’s downtown and industrial park areas. Participants discussed how Newburyport can avoid future flooding risks and had an opportunity to share their ideas. The workshop was the result of a grant received by the city under the EPA Sustainable Communities Program for Riverine and Coastal Communities. Newburyport was one of five communities nationwide to receive the grant.
Mayor Holaday has formed an ad hoc committee of local leaders to review next steps and action plans for Newburyport with regard to flooding issues.