Watersheds United Vermont is pleased to release the 2016 version of Living in Harmony with Streams: A Citizen's Handbook to How Streams Work.
Here's a short animation from France that beautifully captures the Vermont Rivers Program mission to make human and natural communities safe and healthful through the protection of natural flows, floodplains and meandering rivers.
This type of river management is practiced in Vermont.
Waterbury Village along the Winooski River now has an innovative on-line tool to visualize the extent of flooding. The Waterbury information is part of the Flood Inundation Mapper.
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.
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).
Scientific Investigations Report 2016-5060, Prepared in cooperation with the International Joint Commission
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.