DES, Town of Raymond and SNHPC Collaborate to Consider River Erosion Hazard Ordinance Zoning

The full press release can be accessed here:

DES, Town of Raymond and SNHPC Collaborate to Consider River Erosion Hazard Ordinance Zoning

“The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES), the Town of Raymond Planning Board and the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission (SNHPC) are working together to develop new zoning ordinances using recently mapped fluvial (river) erosion hazard zones.

Subsequent to the major flood events New Hampshire experienced from 2005 to 2007, DES has embarked upon a river assessment program to allow identification of lands adjacent to rivers that are most susceptible to erosion damage from rivers during high water events. The damage frequently takes the form of streambank failures, directly impacting properties and infrastructure located too close to a river. River scientists have developed tools that allow river segments to be field assessed so that areas particularly susceptible to fluvial (river) erosion damage can be determined and mapped. These mapped areas are called fluvial erosion hazard zones.

The Town of Raymond Planning Board is now using this information to consider the possibility of a fluvial erosion hazard zoning ordinance that would apply in those areas that have been delineated through the river assessment process.”

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