What is the Monitoring and Assessment Program?
Green Infrastructure describes a set of practices and design principles that uses natural processes to manage the effects of urbanization on water. The 2017 Vermont Stormwater Management Manual Rule and Design Guidance has been updated to incorporate more green infrastructure stormwater treatment practices into the treatment standards and design requireents for projects that require a state issued operational stormwater permit.
Dam 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.
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.