We are taking a risk-based approach to planning and this is new in the U.S. The Dutch have 30 years under their "Make Room for the River" program. Post Hurricanes Sandy and Irene, VT & NY have started,
and now Colorado.
The master plan considers both hazard reduction and stream health to identify truly resilient solutions, rather than static treatments that only hardens the river,
Most of the damage caused by the September 2013 flooding occurred outside of our mapped 100-year floodplain areas. We were harmed by channel avulsions (new channel paths) and landslides. These are geomorphic hazards.
To make sound decisions for flood recovery and restoration, we must fully understand the geomorphic processes that drive stream behavior. Understanding river processes allow us to predict response to treatments and to work with our rivers not against them and for solutions that will stand the test of time.
Develop detailed design or implementable construction documents for the specific recovery or restoration projects.
The Stream Corridor Master Plans should guide the coalition towards prioritization and implementation of stream recovery and restoration projects that protect life and property from flood and erosion hazards. The ultimate result of master planning efforts and subsequent project implementation is increased resiliency in our Community, economy, and river systems.
The Master Plans were collaborative in nature, drawing on the expertise of engineers, fluvial geomorphologists, ecologists, fisheries biologists, and risk experts, and informed by input from impacted home and business owners and the community at large. These experts created a working idea for the community to build off of.
Now we are using those ideas to create more realistic plans, gather financial support through grants and gain momentum to repair the damage caused by the 2013 floods and create a resilient economy, community, and rivers.
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