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Great Marsh Adaptation Planning
Implications for Quality of Life in our Communities
Rowley
Ipswich
Essex
ROWLEY
Rowley
 Route 1A & Stackyard Road
 Jewell Mill Dam & Glen
Street Bridge
 Marina,Town Boat Launch
& low-lying houses
 R...
Route 1A & Stackyard Road
VULNERABILITIES:
• Coastal flooding
• Sea level rise
2030 2070
Nelson
Island
Route 1A & Stackyard Road
2030 2070
Natural Systems Help Us:
Rowley salt marsh
• recreation
• shellfishing
• scenic character
• storm protection
• floodwater ...
Current Adaptation Activities:
Strategic Land Conservation
Regional Partnerships
Nelson Island,
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
 Continue acquisition of land to allow for salt marsh migration
if/when available
 Increase resiliency of marsh and rive...
IPSWICH
IPSWICH
 Jeffrey’s Neck Road
 Downtown Ipswich
 Crane Beach – parking lots,
road access & facilities
 Pavilion Beach
...
Downtown Ipswich
VULNERABILITIES:
Riverine & tidal flooding plus
increased stormwater
Photo Credits: D. Bates
Probability of Coastal Inundation in 2030 and 2070
(includes projected storm surge)
Downtown Ipswich
2030 2070
Ipswich Mil...
Downtown Ipswich
1% Flood Depth in 2030 and 2070
(includes projected storm surge)
2030 2070
Current Adaptation Activities
Photo Credits:Alicia Geilen
2016 CZM Resiliency Grant
awarded toTown of Ipswich
for study of...
• Downtown business owner engagement and education on building
retrofits and general principles of resiliency
• Ipswich Mi...
ESSEX
ESSEX
 Main Street Causeway &
Woodman’s Landing
 Eastern Avenue at Ebben
Creek
 Conomo Point & Robbins
Road
 Crane Bea...
Main Street Causeway, Essex
VULNERABILITIES:
• Tidal flooding
• Storm surge flooding
Probability of Coastal Inundation in 2030 and 2070 (includes projected storm surge)
Main Street Causeway
2030
2070
1% Flood Depth in 2030 and 2070 (includes projected storm surge)
Main Street Causeway
2030
2070
Current Adaptation Activities
• Causeway reconstruction in
2012
• Emergency vehicles are
stationed on the East side of
the...
• Engage business owners collectively on resiliency planning
• Develop additional emergency monitoring policies & practice...
Elevating Roads?
 Main St. Causeway, Essex
 Beach Road, Salisbury
 Plum IslandTurnpike,
Newburyport
 Jeffrey’s Neck Ro...
ThankYou
Great Marsh
Resiliency Planning Project
www.greatmarshresiliency.org
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GM Symposium 2016: Brendhan Zubricki, Essex

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Great Marsh Community Resilience Planning Results: Rowley, Ipswich, Essex. Brendhan Zubricki, Essex Town Administrator

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GM Symposium 2016: Brendhan Zubricki, Essex

  1. 1. Great Marsh Adaptation Planning Implications for Quality of Life in our Communities Rowley Ipswich Essex
  2. 2. ROWLEY
  3. 3. Rowley  Route 1A & Stackyard Road  Jewell Mill Dam & Glen Street Bridge  Marina,Town Boat Launch & low-lying houses  Route 133 at Batchelder Brook  RowleyTown Well #3 & well pumping station Identified Areas of Interest for Adaptation Planning Current Status Short-Term Recommendations Long-Term Recommendations ? ? ?
  4. 4. Route 1A & Stackyard Road VULNERABILITIES: • Coastal flooding • Sea level rise 2030 2070 Nelson Island
  5. 5. Route 1A & Stackyard Road 2030 2070
  6. 6. Natural Systems Help Us: Rowley salt marsh • recreation • shellfishing • scenic character • storm protection • floodwater storage • carbon sequestration
  7. 7. Current Adaptation Activities: Strategic Land Conservation
  8. 8. Regional Partnerships
  9. 9. Nelson Island, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
  10. 10.  Continue acquisition of land to allow for salt marsh migration if/when available  Increase resiliency of marsh and river systems by removing debris, assessing culverts, supporting natural drainage of water, removing Jewell Mill dam  Monitor flood frequency and depth and create early warning system to alert residents when roads are likely to be flooded.  Coordinate with evacuation planning for major storms. Need an alternate/primary evacuation route (Route 1).  Ultimately further retreat may be needed and buyout of Stackyard Rd and other low-lying homes. Future Adaptation Strategies Rowley Route 1A & Stackyard Road
  11. 11. IPSWICH
  12. 12. IPSWICH  Jeffrey’s Neck Road  Downtown Ipswich  Crane Beach – parking lots, road access & facilities  Pavilion Beach  Town Wharf & Sewage Pumping Station  Brown’s Well on Route 1A Identified Areas of Interest for Adaptation Planning Current Status Short-Term Recommendations Long-Term Recommendations ? ? ?
  13. 13. Downtown Ipswich VULNERABILITIES: Riverine & tidal flooding plus increased stormwater Photo Credits: D. Bates
  14. 14. Probability of Coastal Inundation in 2030 and 2070 (includes projected storm surge) Downtown Ipswich 2030 2070 Ipswich Mills Dam & Riverwalk Choate Bridge County Street bridge Zumi’s
  15. 15. Downtown Ipswich 1% Flood Depth in 2030 and 2070 (includes projected storm surge) 2030 2070
  16. 16. Current Adaptation Activities Photo Credits:Alicia Geilen 2016 CZM Resiliency Grant awarded toTown of Ipswich for study of river bank erosion & future climate impacts Downtown Ipswich
  17. 17. • Downtown business owner engagement and education on building retrofits and general principles of resiliency • Ipswich Mills Dam Removal Feasibility Study will analyze the effects of removing the downtown dam, including downstream impacts and opportunities to restore upstream flood storage capacity • Encourage green infrastructure for stormwater and floodplain mitigation (i.e. rain gardens, pervious walkways & parking areas, infiltration trenches, and other best management practices) • Create and enhance riparian buffer along the Ipswich River up and downstream ofTown • Consider river bypass throughVeteran's Green/Elm St. area to accommodate 500-year flood Future Adaptation Strategies Downtown Ipswich
  18. 18. ESSEX
  19. 19. ESSEX  Main Street Causeway & Woodman’s Landing  Eastern Avenue at Ebben Creek  Conomo Point & Robbins Road  Crane Beach (southern tip) Identified Areas of Interest for Adaptation Planning Current Status Short-Term Recommendations Long-Term Recommendations ? ? ?
  20. 20. Main Street Causeway, Essex VULNERABILITIES: • Tidal flooding • Storm surge flooding
  21. 21. Probability of Coastal Inundation in 2030 and 2070 (includes projected storm surge) Main Street Causeway 2030 2070
  22. 22. 1% Flood Depth in 2030 and 2070 (includes projected storm surge) Main Street Causeway 2030 2070
  23. 23. Current Adaptation Activities • Causeway reconstruction in 2012 • Emergency vehicles are stationed on the East side of the Causeway when flooding is expected Main Street Causeway
  24. 24. • Engage business owners collectively on resiliency planning • Develop additional emergency monitoring policies & practices such as a live video feed showing if the Causeway is flooded or impassable • Encourage best management practices for floodplain mitigation (i.e. rain gardens, pervious pavement for parking lots and walkways, and other green infrastructure techniques) • Convene Essex CausewayWorking Group to begin resiliency planning for both short-term and long-term impacts (include local business owners, state agencies, and town representatives) • Beneficial Use of Dredged Materials from the Essex River Future Adaptation Strategies Main Street Causeway
  25. 25. Elevating Roads?  Main St. Causeway, Essex  Beach Road, Salisbury  Plum IslandTurnpike, Newburyport  Jeffrey’s Neck Road, Ipswich  Route 1A, Rowley  Argilla Road, Ipswich Longport, New Jersey
  26. 26. ThankYou Great Marsh Resiliency Planning Project www.greatmarshresiliency.org

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