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.
The Report to the General Assembly on the Current Status of the Vermont River Corridor and Floodplain Management Program and Shoreland Protection Program is now available on the Resources Page at Flood Ready Vermont at:
Statewide river corridor data is now available online at the Vermont Natural Resources Atlas.
The easiest way to access the data is the Flood Ready Atlas tinyurl.com/floodreadyatlas
Use Flood Ready Tools to "Zoom to Town" and then "Toggle River Corridors On"
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.
The Vermont Flood Hazard Area & River Corridor Protection Procedure is available on the Rivers Program page of the Vermont Watershed Management Division website and from the Resources page at Flood Ready Vermont.
(a) The purpose of this Procedure is to provide how the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC or Department):
Vermont Watershed Grants up to $15,000, depending on project category type:
- Education and outreach – up to $7,500
- Planning, assessment, inventory, monitoring – up to $5,000
- On-the-ground implementation – up to $15,000
Register by November 14 with Ray Doherty, DEMHS, to attend the two day FEMA Training G318: Preparing and Reviewing Local Hazard Mitigation Plans. The training will be held at the Vermont Emergency Operations Center in Waterbury. No charge. Lunch provided. Credits available for Certified Floodplain Managers.
The public is invited to comment on the Draft VT DEC Flood Hazard Area and River Corridor Protection Procedure. The River Corridor and Floodplain Protection Program will accept public comments until November 3, 2014. Written comments should be addressed to ANR.WSMDRivers@state.vt.us or DEC Rivers Program, Watershed Management Division, 1 National Life Drive, Main 2, Montpelier, VT 05620-3522