Improving Flood Resilience

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After the devastating floods of 2023, and climate projections indicating worsening and more frequent future flooding, Vermont lawmakers were compelled to act. The Flood Safety Act (passed in 2024) is a huge step forward in protecting Vermont communities, infrastructure, and our environment.

The law implements state oversight to keep future development out of harm’s way in high-hazard river corridors, and allow space for our rivers to store and slow floodwaters.

The Flood Safety Act also establishes better protections for our vital wetland ecosystems, which naturally mitigate flood risks, through improved wetland mapping and reporting — and thorugh establishing a policy to reverse historic wetland loss by requiring a 2:1 net gain of wetlands through restoration, enhancement, or creation of wetland resources.

The law also improves dam safety by consolidating oversight and strengthening maintenance requirements for dam owners, while investing in the strategic removal of dams that exacerbate flooding and pose a risk to public safety.

Our Victories

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Protecting Pollinators from Harmful Pesticides

VCV's Executive Director, Lauren Hierl, speaks at the launch of the Make Big Oil Pay campaign in Burlington

Making Big Oil Pay

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Committing to 100% Renewable Electricity by 2035

Girl drinking water

Removing Lead Fixtures from Schools

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Furthering Environmental Justice

Advancing the Global Warming Solutions Act

Removing Derelict Dams

Strengthening Act 250

VNRC has been very effective in creating change in this area.

Fighting PFAS and Toxic Contamination

Protecting the Land and Views at Exit 4

Guiding Municipalities to Implement Act 171

Forming and Supporting Energy Committees

Protecting the LaPlatte River Marsh Wetlands

Ensuring Clean Streams at Jay Peak

Promoting Statewide Dam Safety

Preserving Downtown Bennington

Convening the Forest Roundtable

Creating Statewide Precedent on Biomass Electricity

Protecting Black Bear Habitat at Parker’s Gore

Securing Clean Water Funding

Maintaining Current Use

Banning Billboards

Declaring Groundwater a Public Trust