Resources for Policymakers

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RiverSmart Policy Report: Supporting New England Communities to Become River-Smart: Policies and Programs that can Help New England Towns Thrive Despite River Floods


Why We Continue to Develop Floodplains - Examining the Disincentives for Conservation - Christin, Z., Kline, M. 2017.  White paper. Earth Economics, Tacoma, WA.

This report explores the value of floodplains and attempts to explain how the nation’s rivers and floodplains have become physically disconnected, leading to loss of floodplain functions. With federal agencies now
incorporating the value of natural infrastructure, or ecosystem services, into federal planning and decision-making, there are opportunities as never before to examine and change the disincentives for floodplain conservation.

Substate regional government in New England: Counties, regional councils and regional planning agencies in the six new England states 

New England municipalities in each state (government type)

coming soon...


USGS Flood-Inundation Mapper website: a set of maps that shows where flooding may occur over a range of water levels in the community’s local stream or river. There are three interactive maps done in the Deerfield River watershed. Zoom in where you see a green triangle on the map.

Goals and requirements for an FGM assessment in the New England states

(links coming soon...)
  • A model for all New England: The Vermont Rivers Program’s Fluvial Hazard Assessment System
  • Components of state-level fluvial erosion hazard assessments
  • Goals of state-level erosion hazard assessments
  • Municipal benefits of state-level fluvial erosion hazard assessments
  • Barriers to New England state and municipal implementation of fluvial erosion hazard assessments
  • Guidelines for fluvial erosion hazard assessment design
  • Examples for fluvial erosion hazard assessment design