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ANR Stream Alteration General Permit - effective 4/11/1014  NEW

A revised ANR General Permit for Stream Alterations is announced. The General Permit provides for the authorization of activities that may change, alter, or modify the course, current, or cross section of any watercourse within or along the boundaries of Vermont either by movement, fill, or by excavation of ten cubic yards or more in any year. The primary purpose for revising the 2013 Stream Alteration GP is to fully implement the Vermont Stream Alteration Rules (effective 12-23-2013) which require the Agency to authorize emergency protective measures undertaken by municipalities to address imminent threats to life or threats of severe damage to property immediately following floods.

ANR General Permit for Stream Alterations (pdf, 331 KB)

General Permit Responsiveness Summary (pdf, 1370 KB)

Stream Alteration Rules - effective 12/24/13 (pdf, 563 KB)

Municipal Guidance to Emergency Protective Measures (pdf, 1183 KB)

More information on the General Permit jurisdiction  and guidance are available at the

River Management and Permitspage


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Provides technical and regulatory assistance for those activities that involve construction or excavation in rivers and streams. Issues stream alteration permits and provides river diagnostics, alternatives analysis, project design, and construction inspection for instream work. Provides technical and regulatory assistance for emergency and next-flood protective measures during flood recovery operations.


River Corridor

& Floodplain


Provides river and floodplain assessments.  Provides technical assistance, education, and outreach on regulation of developments within river corridors and floodplains; river corridor planning and mapping; river and floodplain restoration and protection projects, and flood resilience planning. The section coordinates the FEMA National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) providing assistance on flood insurance, floodplain management, mapping, and mitigation.




Maintains and restores natural streamflows by regulating the water withdrawals and hydropower projects that are designed to provide public benefits. Works to restore connectivity within our rivers and streams by identifying dams that no longer serve a useful purpose and facilitating their removal




Comprehensive program mandated by the Vermont Legislature and developed by Vermont ANR in cooperation with VTrans that explains the workings of rivers and how to design, construct and maintain roads and bridges to create greater river stability and more flood resilient transportation infrastructure.

Introductory Level – Tier One

Online training that provides a general awareness and understanding of river processes, aquatic habitat and how transportation infrastructure affects and is affected by river stability.

Intermediate Level – Tier Two

Classroom and field based training that focuses on accommodating channel stability and minimizing impacts to aquatic habitat in design, construction and maintenance of transportation infrastructure.

Tier Two Overview (pdf, 800 KB)

field guide (pdf, 5488 KB)

field guide - booklet form (pdf, 5475 KB)

Advanced Level – Tier Three

Training in the use of the ANR Standards for Stream Alterations to select, design and oversee construction of projects involving river instability and crossing structure repair and/or replacement.



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Vermont River Management Program DVD

Contact the Rivers Program at or 802-490-6195

DVD Description



Contact Rivers webform

online form to request a River Management Engineer site visit or report an Emergency Protective Measure

Emergency Protective Measures public notice page

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