With support from a $38,000 grant from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. (GZA), a leading multi-disciplinary firm providing geotechnical, environmental, ecological, water, and construction management services, has been selected to assist the City of Malden in developing a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Plan to address Malden’s resiliency to flooding, natural hazards, and other impacts of climate change.
GZA’s MVP certified providers will facilitate and support Malden in completing the Community Resilience Building Workshop process to achieve MVP Community status in 2020. The MVP Community designation will make Malden eligible for MVP Action grants for climate adaptation projects such as green infrastructure to improve Malden’s resiliency to local intense precipitation and flooding or backup power for emergency shelters or lifeline facilities.
“I strongly support our City’s commitment to making our community more resilient to the future impacts from climate change,” Mayor Christenson said. “The MVP Plan and designation as an MVP Community is an important step in making Malden more resilient long into the future.”
GZA MVP - certified provider Wayne Cobleigh said: “GZA is honored to have been selected as the City of Malden’s partner in this critical work to strengthen Malden’s resiliency to major weather events and climate change. GZA will draw on our deep experience working with other Massachusetts municipalities to collaborate with Malden and help all involved in the plan to identify and prioritize their community resiliency needs.”
Malden is situated in the watersheds of the Mystic and Saugus Rivers as well as the floodplain of Town Line Brook along Malden’s border with Revere. Flood risks in Malden relate primarily to nor’easters and severe rainstorms, and increased frequency and intensity of precipitation and/or amount of stormwater runoff due to climate change will cause more frequent flooding that overwhelms the capacity of natural or engineered drainage systems, causing overflows.
With support from GZA, The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) and through Malden’s participation in MyRWA’s Resilient Mystic Collaborative, the City will focus on increasing social and physical resiliency to climate change through public outreach and engagement.
Founded in 1964, GZA is a multi-disciplinary, employee-owned firm providing Geotechnical, Environmental, Ecological, Water, and Construction Management services. GZA’s more than 650 professionals are based in 32 offices in New England, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Great Lakes States. Our corporate headquarters is at 249 Vanderbilt Avenue, Norwood, MA 02062. For additional information, please call Angela Cincotta, Chief of Marketing and Communications at 781-278-5777 or visit www.gza.com.