Resiliency & Sustainability

The Newburyport Community Resiliency Committee will develop a plan in conjunction with regional planning efforts to increase Newburyport’s resilience to climate change impacts, including but not limited to sea-level rise, storm surge, flooding and extreme weather events.

The impacts of challenging weather events had begun to become more frequent in Newburyport following the turn of the Millennium.

Under the direction of Newburyport’s Mayor Donna Holaday had already made significant strides to make the City more sustainable.  However, Mayor Holaday also realized that her City had some immediate risk exposure to critical infrastructure, and she needed to start the process of doing something about those vulnerabilities. To that end on November 16, 2015 she convened the Newburyport Flood Resiliency Task force to take on the responsibility of evaluating Newburyport’s risks to Climate Change and Sea Level Rise, and to develop and help execute a plan to mitigate those risks.

Prior to the convening of Newburyport’s Flood Resiliency Committee, City Officials were already engaged in assessing hazards via participation in the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission’s Multi Hazard Mitigation Plan Update. Including the risk assessment exercises of the Flood Resiliency Committee, the City has completed four risk assessment studies, with the most recent going beyond just assessing storm and flood impacts, but also considering other impacts from Climate Change on Newburyport:


Fourth National Climate Assessment

Hazard Mitigation Plan – Merrimack Valley Planning commission, Report Update November 2015

Flood Resilience for Riverine and Coastal Communities – EPA, Final Report Issued January, 2016 

Great Marsh Coastal Adaptation Plan – National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Final Report issued December 2017

Newburyport Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Workshop - Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Final Report Issued May, 2018