Design for Resilience
In April 2016, EPA and its consultant team met with Brattleboro officials and visited the Whetstone corridor, noting areas that were channelized and exacerbating flood damage; areas adjacent to the brook that were underutilized or paved over; and areas that were well suited for restoration and flood storage. Then, through a public design charrette held in June 2016, the team identified a series of designs and strategies to reduce stormwater runoff, increase flood storage, provide infill development opportunities, and create visual and physical access to the brook. The design options created at the charrette and modified in response to public input and agency comments demonstrate how and where these resilience strategies could be applied in the study area. These design options are woven together with a comprehensive network of paths and recreational areas to create new access to the brook and transform it into a robust public amenity for the town. In addition to the designs, the project report includes a stormwater mitigation toolkit, a flood mitigation toolkit, case studies, implementation strategies, and potential local, state, and federal sources of funding.