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Rivers Program


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Provides technical and regulatory assistance for those activities that involve construction or excavation in rivers and streams. Issues stream alteration permits and provides river diagnostics, alternatives analysis, project design, and construction inspection for instream work. Provides technical and regulatory assistance for emergency and next-flood protective measures during flood recovery operations.


River Corridor

& Floodplain


Provides river and floodplain assessments.  Provides technical assistance, education, and outreach on regulation of developments within river corridors and floodplains; river corridor planning and mapping; river and floodplain restoration and protection projects, and flood resilience planning. The section coordinates the FEMA National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) providing assistance on flood insurance, floodplain management, mapping, and mitigation.




Maintains and restores natural streamflows by regulating the water withdrawals and hydropower projects that are designed to provide public benefits. Works to restore connectivity within our rivers and streams by identifying dams that no longer serve a useful purpose and facilitating their removal


Cold Brook-VTANR Memorandum PDF


Legislative Reports

2015 Report to the General Assembly on the Current Status of the Vermont River Corridor and Floodplain Management Program and Shoreland Protection Program

Rivers and Roads Training Program 2014 Progress Report

Flood Hazard Area & River Corridor General Permit

An ANR General Permit for activities exempt from municipal regulation in Flood Hazard Areas and River Corridors is announced. The primary purpose for creating this General Permit is to fully implement the Vermont Flood Hazard Area & River Corridor Rule (effective 3/1/2015) which requires the Agency to regulate activities exempt from municipal regulation in flood hazard areas and river corridors. These activities include state-owned and operated institutions and facilities, accepted agricultural and silvicultural practices, and power generating and transmission facilities regulated under 30 V.S.A. §§ 248 and 248a.

ANR General Permit for Flood Hazard Areas & River Corridors - NEW

Flood Hazard Area & River Corridor General Permit - Responsiveness Summary

FHA&RC - General Permit Reporting Category APPLICATION

FHA&RC - General Permit Reporting NOTICE FORM

FHA&RC - Individual Permit APPLICATION

Flood Hazard Area & River Corridor Protection Procedure

FINAL Flood Hazard Area & River Corridor Protection Procedure

Public Comment Responsiveness Summary


Flood Hazard Area & River Corridor Rule

Flood Hazard Area & River Corridor Rule - effective 3/1/15

Public Comment Response Summary



River Corridors - Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs




Comprehensive program mandated by the Vermont Legislature and developed by Vermont ANR in cooperation with VTrans that explains the workings of rivers and how to design, construct and maintain roads and bridges to create greater river stability and more flood resilient transportation infrastructure.

Introductory Level – Tier One

Online training that provides a general awareness and understanding of river processes, aquatic habitat and how transportation infrastructure affects and is affected by river stability.

Intermediate Level – Tier Two

Classroom and field based training that focuses on accommodating channel stability and minimizing impacts to aquatic habitat in design, construction and maintenance of transportation infrastructure.

Tier Two Overview

field guide (pdf 12,735 KB)

field guide - booklet form (pdf, 5743 KB)

Advanced Level – Tier Three

Training in the use of the ANR Standards for Stream Alterations to select, design and oversee construction of projects involving river instability and crossing structure repair and/or replacement.



What's New?
Quick Links


Vermont River Management Program DVD

Contact the Rivers Program at

DVD Description

Contact Rivers webform

Emergency Protective Measures reporting form

Public Notice page for emergency protective measures

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VT DEC Watershed Management Division 1 National Life Drive, Main 2  Montpelier, VT  05620-3522  Tele: 802-828-1535   Fax: 802-828-1544


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