Bettis River Corridor Easement

Name of Project:   Bettis

Location:   Hancock, VT

River:   Upper White River

Type of Project:   River Corridor and Public Access Easement

Public Access:   Yes

Date Completed:   June, 2019

Size:   5.5 acres

Water Frontage:   900 feet

Landowner:   Vermont Riverlands, LLC

Funding Partners: Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission, White River Partnership, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board

Property Description: The Bettis parcel is located south and downstream of Hancock Village, which has experienced significant flood damage at least twice in the past decade. The parcel area consists of fairly level terrain with Route 100 to the west and the Upper White River to the east. The southern tip is at the confluence of Tunnel Brook with the White River. The property was formerly an auto salvage yard subject to occasional flooding, and significant restoration work has occurred.   A parking lot and public trail with river access were constructed as part of site remediation.

Project Background: The Bettis Autoland parcel has been a priority floodplain restoration project in the current and past Tactical Basin plans for the White River. Immediately after Tropical Storm Irene VRC, White River Partnership and Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) applied for FEMA buy-out funds to purchase the floodplain area. The request was denied due to portions of the property being outside of the mapped floodplain (although the entire property was inundated during the 2011 event). TRORC then secured Community Development Block Grant funds for the buy-out, removal of nearly 150 junk cars and other salvage yard detritus, remediation of hazardous materials, and establishment of a public access area. Vermont Riverlands, LLC purchased the property after the remediation work was completed and plans to convey the parcel to the Town of Hancock at some point in the future.

Directions: From Route 100/Route 125 intersection in Hancock village, travel south approximately 0.7 miles to Bettis Autoland and Salvage Yard at 475 Vermont Rt, 100. The access is a public right-of-way between the office and garage of Bettis Autoland. Past the first gate at the property boundary is a small parking area on the left. A second gate is locked to exclude motor vehicles. The public trail continues from this gate. Please stay on the designated trail to protect vegetation and soil.

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