Geomorphic Assessments and River Corridor Planning

The science of fluvial geomorphology (the study of the physical processes by which river channels and the lands adjacent to them are formed and maintained), and the related concept of "dynamic equilibrium" have played a major role in improving our understanding of our rivers - and of how best to manage them - in recent years. (For more details, see this document.)

From the Roaring Branch Corridor Plan

From the Roaring Branch Corridor Plan

Vermont's River Management Program Stream Geomorphic Assessment protocols help landowners, municipalities, and agencies understand to what extent our streams are out of dynamic equilibrium and why, and offer suggestions as to how to return natural stability to our watercourses. Upon completion of up to three levels of assessment, from lesser to greater levels of detail, municipalities are provided the basic tools with which to design river corridor protection plans.

BCCD has served as project manager for assessments in the Walloomsac watershed in the Towns of Bennington and Woodford, and in the White Creek/Mill Brook watershed in the Towns of Rupert and Sandgate. The Walloomsac/Roaring Branch report for the Town of Bennington, is available online. The Bolles Brook/City Stream report for the town of Woodford, is available online. The White Creek and Mill Brook Phase 2 report is available online.

More recently, River Corridor Protection Plans were produced under contract to BCCD for Rupert (available here) and Woodford (available here).