Department of Housing & Community Development

Rebuilding Stronger – Learning from the Mad River Watershed

Local, state and federal partners explored policy changes to safeguard residents from future flooding, starting with a pilot in the Mad River Watershed. The towns in the watershed provided insights into how Vermont communities can rebuild stronger. Options for state agencies to improve their policies related flood resilience were also explored.  The following documents resulted from this work:

Disaster Recovery and Long-Term Resilience Planning in Vermont - Guidance and Checklist for Vermont Municipalities (2013)*

Vermont State Agency Policy Options - for improving state agencies' disaster recovery and long term flood resilience (2014)*

The EPA issued the following related documents for nation-wide distribution in 2014:

Flood Resilience Checklist for Vermont Municipalities (2016) - An updated checklist customized for Vermont communities by DHCD, ANR and the regional planning commissions.

More resources on planning for future flooding in Vermont are available here and at Flood Ready Vermont.

*These documents were developed by Clarion Associates and the University of North Carolina Center for the Study of Natural Hazards and Disaster thanks to support from the EPA’s Smart Growth Implementation Assistance (SGIA) program and additional assistance from FEMA. The Mad River Valley Planning District, Friends of the Mad River and the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission provided important support for the project.

Faith Ingulsrud, Planning Coordinator