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Flood Hazard Area and River Corridor Protection Procedure Finalized

posted Dec 11, 2014, 8:58 AM by Lyn Munno
The 2014 Flood Hazard Area and River Corridor Protection Procedure has replaced the DEC Floodway Procedure and Technical Guidance (adopted in 2003 and 2009 respectively) and explains how the ANR will delineate “floodways” under Act 250 Criterion 1(D) and recommend project conditions to achieve a “No Adverse Impact” standard with respect to flood and fluvial erosion hazards. This brings the DEC’s responsibilities and technical assistance within the Act 250/248 process in line with the state regulatory standards set for development that is exempt from municipal regulation and now state permitted under the Flood Hazard Area and River Corridor Rule, effective March 1, 2015.
Please see the Vermont DEC Rivers Program web page for a link to the newly adopted DEC Flood Hazard Area and River Corridor Protection Procedure and the Public Responsiveness Summary. Also see FAQs at River Corridors--Frequently Asked Questions.

The Procedure also provides a set of best management practices to maximize floodplain function and achieve naturally stable, least erosive stream conditions. The resources listed in the BMP section are offered in support of local and regional flood resiliency planning. The Rivers Program will work with RPCs to assist communities in planning for and implementing these practices including the steps for river corridor map updates and administrative revisions as outlined in the Procedure. 
Information provided by Morgaine Bell, Administrative Assistant, 1 National Life Drive, Main 2, Montpelier, VT 05620-3522, 802-490-6195.