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Grants will help Gloucester prepare for climate change

Gloucester is receiving some state help to address the impacts of climate change.

The city was awarded a $69,890 grant through a program that supports efforts by municipalities to prepare for such climate change impacts as extreme weather, sea level rise, flooding, and severe heat. The city will use the funds to develop a Community Action and Resilience Plan, in collaboration with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.

The plan will help the city identify its priority climate-related challenges and potential solutions. It will include an inventory of Gloucester’s current greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energy and natural resources, along with a set of community goals and a roadmap to achieve them.

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“The city of Gloucester has long been committed to addressing climate change. We felt that it was necessary for the city to develop a broader, public-facing strategy and identify clear goals that reflect the needs of our community,” Mayor Romeo Theken said in a statement.

In a recent state funding round, Gloucester also received $1,063,300 for Haskell Pond Dam storm design and seismic improvements and $2,379,000 for Gloucester High School flood mitigation barrier construction.

John Laidler can be reached at laidler@globe.com.