flood hazards

Floodplains

Activities in floodplains are regulated through multiple jurisdictions:

  • Municipalities regulate flood hazard areas and river corridors through enrollment in the National Flood Insurance Program;
  • The State regulates flood hazard areas and river corridors for larger projects requiring an Act 250 land use permit; and
  • The State regulates flood hazard areas and river corridors through River Corridor & Floodplain Protection Rule for activities exempt from municipal regulation.

River Corridor and Floodplain Protection

The River Corridor & Floodplain Protection section works with landowners, municipalities, regional planning commissions, NGOs, and agencies of state and federal government to reduce flood risk by protecting and restoring natural and beneficial river and floodplain functions.  For other useful resources in helping your community prepare for flooding, visit the Flood Ready Vermont website.

River Management

Rivers Program

The Vermont Rivers Program is responsible for protecting and restoring natural river and floodplain processes to enhance water quality, ecological health, and flood resilience.  River resource protection is achieved through a combination of permitting, regulatory/non-regulatory technical assistance, assessment, planning, education, and outreach.   The Rivers Program is comprised of three sections:

Geology and Hazards

Great Brook LandslideThe Geological Survey provides reliable, science-based information about frequency, magnitude, extent, and consequences of physical hazards, and when possible, hazard avoidance strategies.  To address potential risks, the Division conducts local and regional hazard assessments such as the

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