Water Resources For Realtors

Aquatic features present opportunities and challenges.

Be prepared to protect your clients by gaining information and skills to identify and map natural waterways and flood zones. Learn land management techniques that preserve property and water quality.


Learn about Desktop Fact Finding, Stormwater Management, Flood Resiliency, and Conservation

Eligible for 2 VT State Realtor Licensing Continuing Education Credits

Cost: $35/participant


When and Where:

March 6, 2013. 11 AM - 1:30 PM, St. Albans Free Library

March 27, 2014. 11:30 AM - 2 PM, UVM/US Forest Service Building, 705 Spear St. Burlington 


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Course Description

Pristine, well-managed waterways are a valuable addition to a property. Students in this course will learn how to identify significant water resources and their potential benefits and challenges to a property owner using an online mapping tool - VT Natural Resources Atlas. Identify mapped wetlands, floodable soils, impaired waterways, existing wells, underground storage tanks, hazardous material storage, stormwater permits, invasive species, significant habitat resources and more with an easy-to-use online tool. Remotely-gathered information can be used to infer likely constraints (such as increased flood risk) and opportunities for development and conservation. Land management techniques that protect the consumer and natural resources will be discussed for urban, semi-urban and rural sites and include; stormwater management, conservation buffers, driveway design, well water protection, and flood resiliency.


Skill Development

  • Learn to use online mapping tool for identifying natural resources, hazardous sites, soil classifications, identified invasive species populations, geologic features and more.
  • Understand the basics of land use alterations and the impact on property flooding risk and aquatic natural resources
  • Understand the connection between location, human impacts, climate change and other natural conditions on flood resiliency
  • Gain ability to predict high priority locations for conservation and stormwater control and some commonly-used strategies and programs (ie. green stormwater infrastructure practices, land trust conservation programs, NRCS riparian buffer funding and Trees for Streams, Fluvial Erosion Hazard Overlay Districts)




For more information contact Becky Tharp at rtharp@uvm.edu or 802-656-2514