The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a new tool to improve local flood readiness. The tool is called the Flood Resilience Checklist. The Checklist offers flood readiness strategies for communities such as conserving land in flood-prone areas; directing new development to safer areas; and using green infrastructure approaches, such as installing rain gardens, to manage stormwater. 


The checklist is part of a new report, Planning for Flood Recovery and Long-Term Resilience in Vermont: Smart Growth Approaches for Disaster-Resilient Communities. The report is a result of EPA’s Smart Growth Implementation Assistance project in Vermont. In this project, EPA worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and state agencies to help communities recover from Tropical Storm Irene. 

EPA will host a webinar on lessons learned from the Vermont project on Wednesday, August 13. The webinar will feature speakers from FEMA, the state of Vermont, and the Mad River Valley Planning District. 

To learn more about the tool and the report, click here: http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/sgia_communities.htm#rec1

To learn about the Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program, click here:  http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/sgia.htm
 

To learn more about the webinar: http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/webinars/index.html