Resilience Planning

Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP)

The MVP Program, administered by the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) provides support to help municipalities undertake climate change adaption planning and implementation efforts. In pursuit of Gloucester’s designation as a MVP Community, the City has engaged with the following: 

Community Resilience Building Workshop


In coordination with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), Gloucester’s respective regional planning agency, the City held a Community Resilience Building Workshop on April 12, 2018. Funded through a $20,000 grant obtained from EEA, the Workshop was designed to help the City better understand climate-related hazards and identify opportunities to reduce risk. To support this effort, City officials and volunteers, state regulators, as well as individuals from other local and regional entities were invited to participate.

To review the specific findings and recommendations generated from the CRB Workshop, please refer to the Community Resilience Building Summary of Findings Report (PDF)

View Full-size posters from the Workshop (PDF).

Watershed and Water Supply Vulnerability, Risk Assessment and Management Strategy

On June 1, 2018, The Commonwealth announced Gloucester was awarded $107,044 through the MVP Action Grant Program to develop a Watershed and Water Supply Vulnerability, Risk Assessment and Management Strategy. The project is designed to assess the long-term impacts of climate change on the City’s water supply and reservoir, including its watersheds, and shall build upon the CRB Workshop and 2015 Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan (CCVAAP) introduced.

Please keep watch for updates as the project progresses.

Coastal Resiliency

The City of Gloucester has been working with the support of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management to better understand our current and future risk from flooding and coastal storms, and measures that may be taken to better prepare the community. While the assessment of future risk from flooding specifically focused on municipal infrastructure, mapping products were prepared for the entire community and may be used for guidance purposes. Please watch the video to learn more about the project and to get a jumpstart on understanding the data presented. If you would like to view or download the Power Point presentation, please use the following link: Coastal Change Vulnerability and Adaption Presentation 6/16/15 (PDF).

*Important to note that all adaptation and mitigation strategies are presented as concepts; detailed analyses and design would be required prior to any implementation. The final report in also now available: Coastal Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Final Report (PDF).

Risk Mapping

Maps are available which illustrate predicted flooding resulting from coastal flooding caused by storms (such as hurricanes and nor’easters) combined with sea level rise estimates developed by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) for the year stated. These flood maps expressly do not include flooding attributed to wave run-up, overtopping of seawalls, or backups within municipal drainage infrastructure or precipitation. Therefore, the extent and magnitude of flooding depicted on the maps strictly represents predicted coastal flooding from sea level rise and storm surge. These maps shall not be used to represent the extent of flooding for which flood insurance is required. Projections depicted on this flood map are the best judgment of Kleinfelder and the Project Team, but in no way shall the flood levels depicted be interpreted as any guaranteed predictions of future events, and they shall only be used for general planning purposes.

2030 Flooding Scenario

2070 Flooding Scenario