Flood events give rise to emergency situations in which flood-related erosion and deposition threaten life or property. Addressing these threats often requires rapid implementation of emergency protective measures which cannot afford to be slowed by standard permitting procedures. Vermont law (10 V.S.A. § 1021) gives members of a municipal governing board (i.e., selectboard) the authority to approve stream alteration measures necessary to preserve life or to prevent severe imminent damage to public or private property without pre-approval from the State.
These documents are intended to help municipal officials understand and uphold their responsibilities in authorizing, implementing and reporting emergency protective measures.