Hull River Corridor Easement

Location: Stockbridge, VT

River: White River

Type of Project: River Corridor Easement

Public Access: No

Date Completed: March 2018

Size: 9.3 acres

Water Frontage: 1,505 ft.

 Landowner:   Beatrice Hull Estate

Funding Partners:  White River Partnership, Vermont State Department of Environmental Conservation, Ecosystem Restoration Program

Property Description:  The parcel is an island, which formed during the 1927 and prior floods from movement of the White River channel. Along this reach of the White River, the channel is constricted between VT-107 and River Road and has historically been straightened and stabilized with riprap to accommodate for the two roads. These physical alterations have resulted in significant channel adjustment processes, leading to major flood and erosional damage along both roads. During Tropical Storm Irene, 4,000 feet of VT-107 in Stockbridge were completely destroyed.

Areas of undeveloped floodplain land are critical for supporting the river in reestablishing a natural meander and flow pattern. Although the Hull parcel is technically an island, the adjacent valley walls of the river are extremely steep and the parcel’s gently sloping terrain near the shoreline functions as a floodplain. By storing floodwaters and capturing sediment, the parcel enables the river to dissipate energy, reducing the flood hazard for homes, businesses, and infrastructure on VT-107 and River Road, as well as areas further downstream. The natural vegetation in the floodplain provides erosion control by binding and stabilizing the soil, and supports surface and groundwater protection by filtering toxins, nutrients, and sediments. Additionally, the landscape provides a mix of upland, shoreland, and riverine habitats for plants and wildlife.

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