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)
EDUCATION AND 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 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.
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