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 and gain a clear understanding of state regulations that impact waterfront property owners - including the Shoreland Protection Act, River Corridor zoning, and stream and wetland buffers.  


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:

We are currently planning our Fall 2014 class dates and locations. If you are interested in seeing this course offered in your area, please let us know!


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Course Description

Pristine, well-managed waterways are a valuable addition to a property. But they can present challenges when navigating state and local development standards and danger in extreme weather events. Students in this course will learn about the current state of Vermont's lakes, streams, and wetlands, and how these aquatic systems function naturally. We'll discuss impacts of land use on these water bodies and ways to mitigate that impact while improving property safety. Regulations germane to waterfront property owners will be discussed - including the recently enacted Shoreland Protection Act, Vermont's Wetland Rules, and recommendations from the River Management Program.


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
  • Gain an understanding of state standards for development near waterbodies.
  • 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