Vulnerability Assessment and Adaption Planning

Lynn EDIC Vulnerability Assessment and Adaption Planning for Waterfront and River Areas

The City of Lynn EDIC, using a grant provided by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management Coastal Resilience Grant Program, is funding a community-based process to assess vulnerability and plan for climate change adaptation, specifically along the City’s waterfront and Saugus River areas. This process will include identifying management measures that can be integrated into ongoing hazard mitigation efforts and waterfront development plans, as well as prioritizing new infrastructure projects and retrofits.

The EDIC selected Weston & Sampson to develop a plan that will:

  • Assess existing conditions along the waterfront and Saugus River areas
  • Model storm surge, sea level rise and potential impacts from extreme weather events
  • Identify vulnerable areas, infrastructure, and landscape features
  • Develop opportunities to mitigate risk by using natural systems and green infrastructure
  • Increase the viability and resiliency of natural ecosystems across the project area
  • Identify opportunities to strengthen/repair existing sea-walls and other coastal structures

Weston & Sampson is currently assisting the EDIC in the process of identifying and minimizing risks, promoting public awareness, and developing longer term planning and communication tools. We will identify and prioritize projects and regulatory/policy changes that will provide long-term increases in coastal resiliency. The overall objective is to minimize current and future risks, and to provide a mechanism to integrate these considerations into all future planning efforts.

Our approach to this project incorporates the following four elements of the StormSmart climate action plan:

  • Promoting public education and awareness or other communication initiatives
  • Assessing vulnerability and risk
  • Identifying and implementing management measures, standards, or policies
  • Redesigning to accommodate changing climate conditions

The final work product will serve the community by:

  • Identifying climate change vulnerability and risk
  • Increasing public support for allocating resources for smart planning and development
  • Evaluating specific measures to improve coastal resilience
  • Supporting development of sustainable elements of the Waterfront Plan

Public benefits will include a safer community with amenities that will be sustainable, and increased confidence for and participation in local government. In addition, future development will be sustainable and therefore will reduce public safety risk and increase public utilization of the waterfront area.

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