Coastal Resilience CZM Grant

Marblehead Waves

FY20 - Marblehead received a MA Coastal Zone Management Coastal Resiliency grant that funded the following and set the stage for more resiliency planning.

Mapping Future Flooding Risks for Marblehead Harbor

Waterfront Structures Assessment – The  Woods Hole Group was contracted to perform an assessment of the existing municipal waterfront structures along Marblehead Harbor. A total of 24 individual structures of varying construction at 18 different locations all around the harbor were included in the evaluation. Available information records were reviewed to provide a historical record of previous permitting and past evaluations of the structures. The goal of these updated evaluations was to provide a current assessment of the general condition of the structures and potential changes that could be considered to improve their resiliency to projected climate change impacts. Click here for the full report.

Detailed coastal flood modeling and mapping under changing climatic conditions (present, 2030, 2050, 2070) were shared by Kirk Bosma, Senior Coastal Engineer and Innovation Director at Woods Hole Group, to 282 people at the Marblehead High School Theater. All coastal communities will soon have access to similar maps so this is an chance to learn how to interpret the maps. A video can be found here. (2/3/2020)

Future of Marblehead Harbor: Climate Adaptation Themes and Concepts

Kirk Bosma returned to present conceptual adaptive strategies in response to increasing sea level and storm surge for the following at risk areas:

  • Front Street, Fort Beach and Little Harbor
  • State Street Landing and Harbormaster Area
  • Marblehead Municipal Light Department
  • Devereux Beach, Goldthwait Reservation, Ocean Avenue and the Causeway

Specific adaptation approaches were introduced that could be implemented overtime based on the following themes:

• Natural Resources emphasizes ecosystem health and resilience

•Protection focuses on protection and maintenance of infrastructure and current use

•Transformation balances current uses with a potential transformation vision. (8/17/20) Click here to view the video

Marblehead Harbor - Partnerships for Adaptation and Resilience

Jim Newman of Linnean Solutions and Sarah Slaughter of the Built Environment Coalition presented potential approaches for public and private partnerships to move resiliency planning and adaptations forward. Click here to view the video.

Marblehead Coastal Resiliency Grant Summary and Next Steps

Presentation to the Marblehead selectmen by Barbara Warren. (9/30/20) Click here to view.

Marblehead Harbor Municipal Structures Visual Assessment Report, June 2020, evaluates current condition of seawalls and potential changes to improve climate resiliency. 

Project's Case Study Report for MA CZM

Marblehead Coastal Resiliency Planning - Next Steps included a community survey. Results will be analyzed and reported after survey closes.