Dam Removal

Dam SiteDam removal has in recent years been used as a tool to restore rivers while addressing the on-going problems of aging, and deteriorating, infrastructure. Of the 1,200 known dams in Vermont, many no longer serve a useful purpose and impose legal and financial burdens on their owners. In some cases, removal of these dams makes sense for economic, public safety, ecological or social reasons.


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 Scientists

The four Vermont Regional River Scientists are the primary contact people for the physical assessment, restoration and protection of rivers and their corridors.

  The regional scientists provide the following services:

Geomorphic Assessment

Rivers are in a constant balancing act between the energy they produce and the work that must be done to carry the water, sediment and debris produced in their watersheds.  A change in any one of these factors will cause adjustments of the other variables until the river system comes back into equilibrium (balance).  These changes can be caused by natural events and by human activity.  The impact of which may be seen immediately or for decades after the activity occurred.


Subscribe to RSS - rivers