Flood resiliency award winners
MONTPELIER– Gov. Phil Scott has announced that the second round of Resilient Communities Fund grants will fund buyouts of flood-vulnerable homes, floodplain restoration, and other natural resource projects that will help protect life and property from future floods in Vermont. More than $2.1 million in grants will go to towns and nonprofit organizations in round two of the program.
The 12 projects awarded funds in round two include bridge removals, tree planting, river and stream improvement projects, and voluntary home buyouts.
Area awards include: Town of Dover ($66,914), Snow Lake Dam removal project scoping; Tri-Park Cooperative Housing Corporation ($450,000), purchase and removal of flood-prone structures (Brattleboro); Tri-Park Cooperative Housing Corporation ($75,075), bridge project scoping (Brattleboro); Vermont River Conservancy ($20,162), floodplain restoration (Guilford); Town of Putney ($31,500), project scoping, Sacketts Brook wetland; Bennington County Regional Commission ($54,862), project scoping, Bourn Brook from Vermont Route 7 downstream to the confluence of Batten Kill (Manchester); Bennington County Regional Comission ($39,900), project scoping, Lye Brook from Vermont Route 7 downstream (Manchester).
The Flood Resilient Community Fund program was created in 2021 to enhance community resilience to flooding and improve water quality in Vermont. The $4.8 million program is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act.