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:
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.
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: