flood hazards

FEMA Flood Map Updates

Flood Hazard Map Updates

FEMA has begun a new round of updates to Flood Insurance Rate Maps. 

The initial Discovery Process is underway or will be starting up in the near future for following watersheds:


Public notice listings (for public comment and appeals) are moving!
Permit applications DEEMED ADMINISTRATIVELY COMPLETE AFTER January 1st 2018 will be public noticed through the new Electronic Noticing Bulletin (ENB): http://dec.vermont.gov/permits/enb

Permit applications DEEMED ADMINISTRATIVELY COMPLETE PRIOR to January 1st 2018 will continue to be available here.

Flood Hazard Area and River Corridor Protection Procedure

07 September 2017
The Flood Hazard Area & River Corridor Protection Procedure describes how DEC: 1)Defines and maps flood hazard areas and river corridors; 2) makes floodway determinations and recommendations Under Criterion 1D – Floodways, in support of Act 250 and Section 248 proceedings; 3)involves municipalities, regional planning commissions, and other affected parties in the update and revision of river corridor maps, and 4) makes recommendations to other programs, departments, and agencies of state government regarding activities proposed in flood hazard areas and river corridors.

Vermont Flood Hazard Area and River Corridor Rule

01 March 2015
The Flood Hazard Area and River Corridor Rule regulates development exempt from municipal regulation within designated Flood Hazard Areas and River Corridors. Development exempt from municipal regulation includes state-owned and operated institutions and facilities; accepted agricultural and silvicultural practices; and, power generation, transmission, and telecommunication facilities requiring a Certificate of Public Good from the Public Service Board (30 V.S.A. §§ 248 and 248a; statutes available online at http://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/). Permits are intended to ensure compliance with National Flood Insurance Program criteria and that development exempt from municipal regulation within in Flood Hazard Areas and River Corridors is safe and accomplished in a manner that is consistent with the public health, safety, and welfare, and does not impair stream equilibrium, floodplain services, or the river corridor.

Environmental Geology Reports, 1971-1975

The Environmental GeologyReport series are simplified versions of maps of bedrock and surficial materials, construction conditions, groundwater potential, solid waste disposal, sand and gravel reserves, and septic conditions. The series, developed for planning purposes, includes text and regional information.

Env Geology No 1: Geology for Environmental Planning in the Barre-Montpelier Region, Vermont, DP Stewart, 1971, 5 plates plus text 

National Flood Insurance Program

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Insurance Agency (FIA), and is a Federal program to make federally-backed flood insurance available across the country.  The NFIP was created by the US congress in 1968 to try to address the rising costs of flood losses and flood-related disaster assistance across the country.  The focus of this program is aimed at reducing the impacts of flooding on private and public structures through local community adoption of a minimum set of local land use regulations in F


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