The Mad River Watershed Conservation Partnership, a consortium of the Vt Land Trust, Friends of the Mad River, and the MRV Planning District, is sponsoring an evening dedicated to understanding flooding in the Mad River Valley and how we’ve attempted to manage it.
It’s a Mad River: A look at flooding in the Mad River Valley & the evolution of river management
A presentation led by river scientists from the VT Department of Environmental Conservation, local river experts & historians.
November 10th, 6:30-8:30pm
1824 House Inn, Waitsfield
- Intro and welcome
- Irene: Holy Cow, that was A LOT of water
- What happened during Tropical Storm Irene?
- How did it compare to other flood events?
- How did the river change (before and after orthophotos)
- What did we do “right”?
- Areas for improvement?
- The history of the Mad River
- Major flood events since the 1800′s
- How the river channel has changed over time (historic orthophotos)
- How our management of the river has changed
- How the watershed has changed
- River Dynamics and Management
- Brief review of basic river science
- How flooding and erosion impacts our communities
- How our communities impact flooding and erosion
- How gravel extraction, straightening and rip rapping changes/impacts rivers
- Inherent conflicts with the river and our development
- Current management strategies (active and passive)
- Success stories
- What we have done right so far (i.e.: conservation projects)