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 (A short summary of recommendations for local flood resilience based on the guidance document.)

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

These documents were developed by experts with national experience (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 EPA issued the following related documents for nation-wide distribution:

The Mad River Valley Planning District, Friends of the Mad River and the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission continue to provide local knowledge and perspective and help guide public outreach.

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

Faith Ingulsrud, Planning Coordinator