rivers

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.

Streamflow Protection

Protection of instream flow is a critical aspect of managing our waters in a sustainable manner. While the benefits of flow regulation – hydroelectric power, flood control, water for numerous purposes – are obvious, the impacts often are not. In Vermont, we have focused much attention on maintaining adequate minimum flows to protect aquatic habitat and stream ecology, but other aspects of flow protection are equally important.

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:

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