7.25.12 Flood Prep & Stormwater Workshop Resources
By: friendv3 (friendv3) 2012.07.25

Not if but When:  Preparing for Floods and Managing Stormwater

A workshop for homeowners and others working towards flood resilient households & communities

  • July 25th, 6:00-7:30 pm at the Big Picture Theater and Cafe in Waitsfield
  • September 11th, 6:00-7:30pm, location TBD


Richard Czaplinski, Environmental Protection Consultant

Andres Torizzo, Stormwater Engineer, Watershed Consulting

Justin Kenney, Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District


Flood Preparation Checklist for Homeowners (pdf)

Culverts, Driveways & Stormwater:  Creating Flood Resilient Homescapes (presentation by Andres Torizzo; pdf)

Resources for Creating Flood Resilient Homescapes

Let it Rain Stormwater Program

Video of 7/25 workshop (coming soon)


Friends of the Mad River is hosting a community workshop for homeowners, contractors, and landscape designers on flood preparedness and creating flood resilient homescapes and driveways.   Not if, but When:  Preparing for Floods and Managing Stormwater will take place Wednesday, July 25 from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Big Picture Theater in Waitsfield, Vermont.

Speakers will include Andres Torizzo of Watershed Consulting Associates in Waitsfield and Richard Czaplinski, Environmental Protection Consultant from Warren. A second workshop will be held on September 11 at a location to be determined.  

Technical assistance and incentive payments to upgrade undersized culverts or upgrade ditching will be available to the first 20 landowners who sign up.

The Mad River is no stranger to flood events, but Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011, along with a rainstorm event in May 2011, highlighted the urgent need for properly sized and designed culverts, ditches, and turn-outs. The preponderance of undersized privately-owned culverts which were overwhelmed during Irene caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage to public and private roads, as well as water quality impacts from erosion and sedimentation.

The workshop will provide information for homeowners in designing driveways, culverts, and landscaping that is resistant to flooding and erosion.  It will also focus on preparedness steps homeowners should take in advance of future flood events, such as proper storage of hazardous materials.

This homeowner education program is part of a wider Watershed Restoration and Resiliency program to address the key issues that contribute to flooding and erosion. Funding for the workshops and the Watershed Restoration and Resiliency Program has been provided by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Watershed Grant program, the Vermont Community Foundation, and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.