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Agency Procedure for Determining Acceptable Minimum Stream Flows

July 14, 1993
The intent of this procedure is to assure a consistent process is used in determining acceptable minimum stream flows when there are existing or potential competing uses of the water. This does not necessarily mean that a uniform minimum stream flow number will be reached in every case. What it does mean is that the minimum stream flow numbers will be derived using a consistent procedure.

After a Flood

Information for Flood-Damaged Communities

If you have a home or business that has been flooded, please visit vermont211.org or call: 211 or (218) 288-2213 

Floodplain Managers and Municipal Officials - contact VT DEC if you would like additional help with permit questions ands Substantial Damage Estimation.  Contact your floodplain manager or use the link below: 

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 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.

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