INCENTIVES TO PREPARE FOR THE NEXT FLOOD
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 Tuesday, September 11 from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Moretown Town Hall.
Speakers will include Andres Torizzo of Watershed Consulting
Associates in Waitsfield and Richard Czaplinski, Environmental Protection
Consultant from Warren.
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
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.