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Montgomery Flood Study

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Montgomery Flood Resilience and Hazard Mitigation Study - 2024

Throughout 2024, the Franklin County Natural Resources Conservation District, in close partnership with the Montgomery Conservation Commission, Selectboard, and other groups such as the Vermont River Conservancy, Upper Missisquoi and Trout River Wild and Scenic Committee, and VT Dept. of Environmental Conservation Rivers Program, will be working with an engineering firm, SLR International, to better understand the flooding patterns and impacts of the Trout River, Black Falls Brook, and West Hill Brook in Montgomery, VT. Using this information, the team will identify possible flood risk reduction alternatives and locations where floodplain restoration, buyouts, infrastructure upgrades, etc. may be beneficial for hazard mitigation and watershed health.

This webpage will continue to be updated with additional collected data, model results, and reports as the project progresses. 

The next steps expected to be completed by the end of May are:

  • Data Review

  • GIS Basemap

  • Site Visits and RAPID Geomorphic Assessments

  • Field Survey - on the ground and using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

Get Involved

Community input throughout this process is important and strongly encouraged. To receive regular updates and invitations to future public meetings, please send a note to or call 802-528-4176 to get on our list, or if you have any comments or questions at any time!


The Project Team expects to host another public meeting in June or July 2024. We hope to see you there! Please spread the word and invite your neighbors and friends to attend!

Two different scale maps showing the boundaries and proposed site plan for the Montgomery Flood Relief Study location.
Kickoff Meeting

Kickoff Meeting

On March 18th at 5 pm, there was a project kickoff meeting where all community members were invited to bring their knowledge of flooding in the area, discuss potential mitigation ideas, and ask questions. At the meeting, we reviewed existing conditions, previous flood and erosion damage, and confirmed project goals.

Read the Minutes here

View the Presentation

Kickoff meeting attendees site in folding chairs and look at the powerpoint presentation.
Funding Source

Funding Source

This project is being funded by the FY 2023 Flood Resilience Communities Fund.

Overview of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding for the State of Vermont: Vermont was awarded $1.05 billion in Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (Recovery Funding) as part of the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The Governor’s Recovery Plan is focused on transparent
investments in key infrastructure needs including housing, broadband, wastewater and sewer systems, climate change prevention and mitigation, and economic development. The explicit objective of this Plan is to provide long term economic recovery opportunities to communities statewide, with a focus on
those regions or counties struggling the most with job losses and declines in demographics and income levels.

The explicit objective of the ARPA funding through the Flood Resilient Communities Fund (FRCF) is to improving landscape and community resilience and reducing the future public safety and water quality impacts of climate-related flood hazards in Vermont, focusing on buyouts of flood-vulnerable properties and floodplain restoration.

Read the Grant Application for the project

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