RiverSmart Policy Recommendation Report

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Posted on 09/06/2016 by VLCT Communications

 

UMass Amherst has completed its RiverSmart policy recommendation report, Supporting New England Communities to Become River-Smart: Policies and Programs That Can Help New England Towns Thrive Despite River Floods. The electronic version of the report is posted at https://extension.umass.edu/riversmart/policy-report. Print copies and a recommendations-release event are forthcoming.

 

The report recommends:

  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

Additionally the report has chapters designed to be readable and useful for the non-expert:

  • Chapter I. Introduction: River Floods in New England: Common in History, Commonly Destructive Today
  • Chapter II. River Science, River Floods, and River-Smart Management
  • Chapter III. The Challenge of River-Smart Governance in New England Communities: Lessons for Policy

Several Vermonters contributed to the effort and many of Vermont’s programs and projects were shared as exemplary of the UMass River Smart policy recommendations.  If you are a community leader, a government agency staff person, a policy maker, or just someone concerned about rivers or the threat of river flood damage, you can take these ideas and adapt them for your needs. Use them to advocate for new and refined policies and programs that will help you and others make your state, community, region or property more river-smart.