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Public Hearings

A draft ANR Flood Hazard Area & River Corridor Rule is announced. The draft Rule regulates activities in flood hazard areas and river corridors that are exempt from municipal regulation. Activities exempt from municipal regulation covered by the Rule 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.

Act 138 (2012) required ANR to adopt a rule to ensure the state's compliance with the National Flood Insurance Program.

The Agency of Natural Resources will hold the following public hearings:

Monday, August 25th from 6-8pm

Winooski Conference Room – National Life Building

1 National Life Drive, Montpelier, VT

Wednesday, August 27th from 6-8pm

Rutland Free Library

10 Court Street, Rutland, VT

Written public comments on the proposed Rule may be submitted until close of business on Wednesday, September 3, 2014.

By mail:             DEC Rivers Program 1 National Life Drive, Main 2

                            Montpelier, VT  05620-3522

By email:  

DRAFT ANR Flood Hazard Area & River Corridor Rule

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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




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 (pdf, 800 KB)

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.



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Vermont River Management Program DVD

Contact the Rivers Program at or 802-490-6195

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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