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Tuesday, October 30 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Natural Resources #2 Track. Spatial Prioritization of Headwater Parcels for Enhanced Flood Resilience

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AUTHORS: Pam DeAndrea, Senior GIS Planner, Central Vermont RPC

ABSTRACT: In 2011, Central Vermont experienced significant flood damage from storms including but not limited to Tropical Storm Irene. These storms have prompted Vermont and its communities to become more flood resilient to protect buildings, infrastructure, and the environment. The project team (Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC), the Friends of the Winooski River (FWR), and the Winooski Community Partnership) secured funding through the High Meadows Fund for an outreach and demonstration project aimed at forested landowners in the Winooski River headwaters communities of Cabot, Marshfield and Plainfield, Vermont. The goal for this project (“Water Wise Woodlands”) is to work with landowners, forest industry representatives, municipal groups, and interested community members to demonstrate how upland forest conservation and management can be a tool for downstream flood resilience and water quality protection. In order to reach the forested landowners that would be best to include in the outreach from a flood resilience perspective, the CVRPC conducted a GIS analysis and prioritization based on several factors that would increase runoff from a forested parcel. The Water Wise Woodland project team will be promoting attendance to workshops and demonstration projects specifically to these targeted landowners. The spatial analysis was an integral tool for this study to use science based information in outreach to landowners who could become model stewards for upland forest management for both water quality improvement and flood resilience.

Tuesday October 30, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Broadway 1&2