Residents with questions, concerns and ideas about how the city can address issues related to climate change and Gloucester's water management will get the chance to raise them with the city's water officials and consultant Wednesday.

The city's water officials and planning consultant, Boston-based Kleinfelder Inc., will host a public outreach meeting at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall's Kyrouz Auditorium. The forum's purpose is to look at steps the city has taken and can take in reviewing its watershed and water supply risk assessment, especially in the face of climate change.

The event follows an introductory public forum held in April, said city Public Works Director Mike Hale, who noted that much of that discussion focused on risks related to the city's watershed.

"We talked about flooding, we talked about the effects of long-term drought. We talked about a lot of things," Hale said. "What if we were to see a drought, and then had a wildfire? How would that affect us?

"The real lifeblood of this community is its watershed, and it's worth talking about what kind of mitigation we can take to protect it," he said. "That's what we're looking at, what Kleinfelder is looking at, and we want to hear more of what (residents) have to say."

Anyone seeking more information on the forum may contact Hale at 978-325-5600, or city Planning Director Gregg Cademartori at 978-325-5242.

Ray Lamont can be reached at 978-675-2705, or

If you go

What: Public outreach forum regarding Gloucester's water and watershed management in the face of climate change.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Kyrouz Auditorium, City Hall, 9 Dale Ave.