Resiliency

The Resiliency Committee serves as an advisory body to the Mayor and is composed of volunteers and city staff. Committee meetings are open to the public and minutes are recorded for informational purposes.  Meetings of the whole committee are held on the third Wednesday of each month or as determined by the chair. Currently, the meetings are held virtually from 3-4:30 pm and agendas and the Zoom link are posted on the city’s website. 

Newburyport Resiliency Committee was formed in 2015 to take on the responsibility of evaluating Newburyport’s risks from Climate Change and Sea Level Rise, and to develop and help execute a plan to mitigate those risks. After significant research and consultation with community stakeholders, Newburyport’s Resiliency Plan was published in October 2020. The Resiliency Committee now advocates for and oversees implementation of the Resiliency Plan’s recommendations.

Prior to the convening of Newburyport’s 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:

Mission Statement

The committee will analyze, coordinate and develop a plan in conjunction with regional planning efforts to increase community resilience related to impacts of climate change including sea level rise, storm surge, flooding and extreme weather events throughout the City.  Further, the committee will advocate for and oversee implementation of the plan’s recommendations.

Resources

US Global Change Research Program and Reports

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

Staff Contacts

Name Phone
Julia Godtfredsen (978) 465-4400 ext 4

Board Members

Name Title
Jane Healey Chair, resident
Sean Reardon Mayor
Molly Ettenborough Recycling and Energy Manager
Julia Godtfredsen Conservation Administrator
Andy Port Planning Director
Joe Teixeira Conservation Commission Chair
Jon-Eric White, PE City Engineer
Constance Preston City Council Liaison
Brett Lefebvre Resident
Sarah Tappan Resident
Samantha Burke Resident