Flood Resilience Report for Lake Champlain Basin and Upper Richelieu River

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Title: Flood Resilience Report for Lake Champlain Basin and Upper Richelieu River

Author(s): Stephanie S. Castle

Partner(s):

  • Eric A. Howe, Emily L. Bird and William G. Howland

Publication Date: 2013

Type of Document : Background Papers

Category: Flood resilience

Geographic area:

  • Canada

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Grand Isle, VT - The Lake Champlain Basin Program released a new report today, Flood Resilience in the Lake Champlain Basin and Upper Richelieu River. The report presents results of an LCBP flood conference held in 2012 at the request of Vermont Governor Shumlin and Quebec's (former) Premier Charest, following the spring 2011 flooding of Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River Valley. This new report provides a comprehensive review of the 2011 flooding impacts and includes specific recommendations to help inform flood resilience policies and management strategies to reduce the impact of major floods anticipated in the future.

In addition to hosting technical workshops in Quebec and New York, the LCBP hosted a two-day conference in Vermont in 2012 to help inform this report. The document includes a summary of both 2011 flood events, and the impacts to humans, community infrastructure, and the Lake Champlain ecosystem. The report also outlines policy recommendations for the three jurisdictions to consider for increasing our resilience to future flood events in the region.

«Many of the recommendations serve the dual purpose of protecting life and property along tributary corridors, the Richelieu River and Lake Champlain's shoreline, and also limiting environmental damage from future floods,» said Bill Howland, LCBP Program Manager. «With help from many federal, state and provincial partners, we have developed 15 policy recommendations and identified critical information data gaps for the jurisdictions to consider.»

The report stresses that identifying, restoring, and protecting existing floodplains, whether they are adjacent to Lake Champlain or its tributaries, are important steps to help lessen flood damage in the future. By ensuring that tributary river flood waters can flow unimpeded into floodplains in the watershed, a lower volume of stormwater, sediments and nutrients will be delivered to Lake Champlain in times of flood.

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