Report from Ned Swanberg – Last month’s RNN Meeting

Hello Resilient Neighbors,  Following up w/ the three things I mentioned at the end of the phone call:

  1. A new report from U Mass:

New Policy Report Highlighting Five River-Smart Recommendations Released

In the publication Supporting New England Communities to Become River-Smart: Policies and Programs that can Help New England Towns Thrive Despite River Floods, published September 1, 2016 by Eve Vogel and her UMass Amherst RiverSmart project colleagues, residents, as well as the governments that serve them can learn how to better deal with and adjust to river floods. The report points to practical policy solutions at federal, state and regional levels that can support New England communities to become what we call river-smart.

eve-report-coverFive policy changes are identified and discussed in detail:

  1. Develop Fluvial Hazard Assessments
  2. Upgrade Vulnerable Stream Crossing Infrastructure
  3. Support River-Smart Planning and Mitigation
  4. Provide Outreach and Training on River Dynamics and River-Smart Practice
  5. Designate, Recognize and Support River-Smart Regional Intermediaries

Project Principal Investigator Eve Vogel said: ” We intend this summary report to be widely comprehensible and useful to people who care about New England’s communities and their abilities to withstand and manage river floods.” The report can be downloaded in low or high resolution here.

UMassAmherst  RiverSmart Communities

  1. A recent “news” post on the 5th anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene (currently #5 for the NFIP ) regarding Flood Resilience Improving After Irene at , and
  2. And a handout for the public on “Why Protect River Corridors.”  Posted at com/whycorridor

Best wishes,


Ned Swanberg, Central Vermont Floodplain Manager, CFM
DEC River Corridor and Floodplain Protection Program    802.490.6160

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