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Monday, 17 February 2014 14:53

Managing Floodplains and River Corridors to Achieve Greater Flood Resilience

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Kari Dolan, Vermont Ecosystem Restoration Program Manager, VT DEC | "Managing Floodplains and River Corridors to Achieve Greater Flood Resilience: A Local & State Partnership"

THE 2012 LAKE CHAMPLAIN FLOOD RESILIENCE CONFERENCE The historic floods of 2011 that brought tragic losses to many communities also put issues such as water quality, shoreline stabilization, and climate change into sharp focus in the region and across the globe. In August 2011, Québec Premier Jean Charest and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced a conference aimed at exploring the Lake Champlain and upper Richelieu River flooding and a multi-jurisdictional response. The Lake Champlain Basin Program was asked to collaborate with the three jurisdictions in convening this conference.

Local, state, provincial officials, legislators, federal partners, NGOs, and members of the public participated. This culminating summit summarily reviewed the 2011 flood impacts and then examined in more detail steps needed to improve flood resilience in the watershed. Participants explored potential policy recommendations, and considered public education and awareness efforts, to improve flood resilience in the Lake Champlain and upper Richelieu Basins. Convened by the Lake Champlain Basin Program

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