May 1 Deadline: ALL VERMONT COMMUNITIES ELIGIBLE FOR HAZARD MITIGATION FUNDS

February disaster declaration adds to available funds

WATERBURY, VT – Money is available for Vermont communities for the purpose of mitigating the effects of future disasters on public infrastructure and some private property. Communities, tribal organizations, and private non-profit organizations may still apply for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds following the most recent federal disaster declaration and previous disasters.

New Videos Help Communities Prepare for Flooding

Greenfield, MA— The Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC) and the State of Vermont have released six new videos to help communities prepare for flooding. Experts speak about and highlight examples of why rivers move and erode in the first place, how to build better culverts and stream crossings, how to stabilize streambanks more naturally, and how to use mitigation funding. The videos are posted on the new Flood Ready Vermont website:  www.floodready.vermont.gov.

Report to the General Assembly on the Current Status of the Vermont River Corridor and Floodplain Management Program and Shoreland Protection Program

High Meadows Fund Dedicates $240,000 to Building Resilience in Vermont’s Watersheds

Middlebury, VT - The High Meadows Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) that represents a commitment of $240,000 towards promoting planning and action within Vermont’s watersheds. Tropical Storm Irene brought the devastation of extreme weather to the forefront in Vermont, but many Vermonters don’t know that since 2000 the state has had at least one federally-declared disaster every year. In certain parts of the state Vermonters have lived through two 100-year flood events in the past decade.

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