The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources’ Rivers Program promotes the planning, designing, and protecting of river corridors that will accommodate stream meander and floodplain processes as the most economically and environmentally sustainable river management alternative.
The Rivers Program provides technical assistance to restoration projects that establish or encourage natural river stability. Stability is defined as the ability of a stream, over time and in the present climate, to transport the flow and sediment of its watershed in such a manner that it maintains its dimension, pattern, and profile without aggrading or degrading. A commitment to riparian corridor protection is an essential component of any river restoration project. The Rivers Program envisions a time when the protection and wise management of river corridors will diminish the need for river restoration projects.