New Map Tool: Acquisitions of Buildings in Flood Hazard Zones

Two-Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) has released a dynamic map showing work around Vermont to acquire homes and other buildings in the high risk Special Flood Hazard Area to reduce damage from flooding or respond to substantial damage.

This map, composed by Pete Fellows, TRORC GIS Manager and Planner, uses fusion tables to provide updated information on the status of this effort.

Flood Resilience Improving After Irene

Since 2011 most communities across Vermont have taken important steps to become more flood resilient.  Over a quarter of Vermont communities have protected river corridors or floodplains from further losses.  Over half have Local Hazard Mitigation Plans adopted or in process (up from 35% in 2014), and 80% have Emergency Operations Plans in place (up from 36% in 2014).

New Videos Released! - Vermont Communities Working for Flood Resilience

Three new videos were released this week featuring communities working together toward flood resilience.  The videos feature three separate groups organized as the South Lake Watershed Partnership, the Mill Brook Watershed Group, and the Saxtons River Watershed Collaborative. 

These multi-town watershed-wide efforts were catalyzed by the High Meadows Fund and the March 2015 Leahy Environmental Summit at the Lake Champlain at the Echo Science Center.

Wed June 1 - Benefit Cost Analysis Tools for Drought and Ecosystem Services: Webinar

Hazard Mitigation Assistance: Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities Updates

In September 2015, FEMA released three new activities eligible for the HMA programs: Aquifer Storage and Recovery, Floodplain and Stream Restoration, and Flood Diversion and Storage, known as the Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities (CRMA). FEMA has developed BCA tools to calculate benefits for drought mitigation and/or ecosystem services for mitigation projects

Three Flood Proofing Workshops in Lamoille County

May 2, May 25 and Sept 7

3 FREE Workshops - Techniques to Flood Proof Buildings

The workshops will review the risks, regulations and insurance requirements for buildings in flood prone areas. Engineering strategies for protecting existing historic structures will be presented as well as several case studies. In addition, take away practical tips for flood proofing your building that won't break the bank.

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