RiverSmart Communities

The RiverSmart Communities program combines social and river science, institutional and policy research, and community outreach at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to research and address river floods in New England. 

Supporting New England Communities to Become River-Smart

RiverSmart Policy Recommendations Report

Supporting New England Communities to Become River-Smart: Policies and Programs that can Help New England Towns Thrive Despite River Floods
2016, Eve Vogel, Nicole Gillett, Christine Hatch, Benjamin Warner, Jerry Schoen, Laurel Payne, Daphne Chang, Peter Huntington, John Gartner, Noah Slovin

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Beavers offer lessons about managing water in a changing climate, whether the challenge is drought or floods
Published today in The Conversation. Beavers in our landscapes have great potential to provide small-scale adaptations to climate change – if humans can figure out how to live with them.
January 20, 2022
Grant Opportunity Culvert Replacement Municipal Assistance Grant Program
The Division of Ecological Restoration (DER), Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, is seeking proposals from Massachusetts municipalities interested in replacing an undersized, perched, and/or degraded culvert located in an area of high ecological value.
February 20, 2018
RiverSmart in the news
RiverSmart Communities has recently been profiled in two local pieces, the first as part of a series documenting our work on Greenfield Community TV, and the second by WGBY. All four pieces are linked here in chronological order. These include interviews with Geosciences Professors Eve Vogel and
June 15, 2017