Coastal Resiliency Study

The City of Beverly is the recipient of a $89,981 grant from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) to identify potential impacts of sea level rise due to climate change and develop a menu of resiliency strategies that the City may consider to begin address these potential impacts. This planning and assessment process is the beginning of an on-going effort to address the present and future risks of climate change and sea level rise to focusing on critical infrastructure, public facilities, and public amenities the City is undertaking an assessment of critical infrastructure most vulnerable to coastal flooding.

The City hired BSC Group to assist with this project. An Advisory Group has also been established, whose members include: 

  • City board and committee representatives
  • City staff
  • High school and college educators
  • Students
  • Others with expertise in this area

What's New

The final Beverly Coastal Resiliency Plan is complete and available to review. Thanks to all those who participated in this process, and a special thanks to Advisory Committee members for their expertise in shaping this planning process. View the Beverly Coastal Resiliency Plan (PDF).

Community Workshop Number 3 - Beverly Coastal Resiliency Plan

June 10, 2017 | 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Lynch Park Carriage House

The third (and final) community workshop was held on June 10th, 2017 introducing the public to the potential effects of climate change and sea level rise on the City of Beverly. The event consists of short presentations and interactive visualization activities. Local nonprofit organizations, such as Salem Sound Coastwatch, Mass Audubon and others will also be present.

3rd Workshop Flyer (PDF)

Community Workshop Number 2 - Beverly Coastal Resiliency Plan

March 30, 2017 at 7 pm
Beverly Senior Center, 90 Colon Street

The Beverly Planning Development and Beverly Engineering Department held the second Coastal Resiliency Community Workshop on March 30th at the Beverly Senior Center. The workshop provided an opportunity to hear an update to the City of Beverly's Coastal Resiliency Planning efforts. At the workshop the City shared critical infrastructure asset analysis completed to date and helped refine the community's vision for its successful adaptation and future growth.

Community Workshop Presentation Number 2 (PDF)

Community Workshop Number 1 - Introducing Beverly's Grant-Funded Coastal Resiliency Plan

January 31, 6:30 pm
Beverly Senior Center, 90 Colon Street

A community workshop was held on January 31st to introduce the program to the public and help refine the community's vision for its successful adaptation and future growth. The workshop featured a brief introduction to the science of climate change, an explanation of what is included in a vulnerability assessment, and a discussion of the goals of the CZM-funded program. There was also an introduction to the project area and the study process specific to the City of Beverly's ongoing resiliency efforts to protect the most vulnerable public infrastructure and critical facilities from flooding and sea level rise.

Community Workshop Presentation Number 1 (PDF)

Community Survey 

To help inform the coastal resiliency plan the Advisory Team and consultants gathered information about the impacts flooding may have on our beaches, parks, city-owned and private facilities, sewer system, and more. We conducted a community survey to hear the thoughts of those who live, work or have a connection to the City of Beverly. The survey is now closed. Your input will be used to prepare a vulnerability report.