EPA Flood Resilience Checklist

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new tool in July 2014 to help communities prepare for, manage, and recover from floods.

The Flood Resilience Checklist includes overall strategies to improve flood resilience as well as specific strategies to conserve land and discourage development in river corridors; to protect people, businesses, and facilities in vulnerable settlements; to direct development to safer areas; and to implement and coordinate stormwater management practices throughout the whole watershed.

According to the EPA, completing this checklist is the first step in assessing how well a community is positioned to avoid and/or reduce flood damage and to recover from floods.

The checklist was developed as part of the EPA’s Smart Growth Implementation Assistance project in the state of Vermont. More information about the project can be found in the report, 'Planning for Flood Recovery and Long-Term Resilience in Vermont,' online at www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/sgia_communities.htm#rec1.

Publication Date: July 7, 2014

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