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    Upcoming events

    April 30: Volunteer tree planting event Save the date! The WRP is recruiting volunteers to plant native trees on Saturday, April 30 from 9-11 am at the Forest Service CCC Camp in Rochester (2924 Brandon Mtn Rd). Volunteers should dress to get dirty in long-sleeves, long pants, and close-toed shoes. The WRP will meet volunteers at […]

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    WRP receives funding to remove Randolph dam

    The White River Partnership has received four grants to remove a dam on the Third Branch of the White River in Randolph. The Randolph Dam is located on the east side (downstream) of the Main Street Bridge in Randolph village.  The current structure, located at the approximate site of the original foundry dam, is a […]

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    Fish Passage

    The WRP and its partners identify and implement culvert replacement and retrofit projects to improve fish passage, connect vital habitats, and increase native fish populations.

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    Monitoring the White River

    The WRP’s Monitoring the White River Program engages watershed teachers and students in classroom and field work activities that raise awareness about watershed issues and create opportunities for hands-on, place-based ecology education.

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    Trees for Streams Program

    The WRP’s Trees for Streams Program seeks to restore streamside vegetation throughout the watershed by working with local landowners to plant native trees and shrubs along their river banks – at no cost to them.

About White River Watershed

What is a watershed?

A watershed is an area of land where all of the rain, snowmelt, and water flowing downhill drain into the same body of water – a river, stream, or lake. Water slides down the sides of the area from the highest point to the bottom of the watershed, like a basin filling with water. On its way, the water travels over the land – across fields, forests, back yards, streets and roads, or seeps into the soil and travels underground (becoming groundwater).

The next time it rains or the snow melts, think about the path the water coming from your home travels. If you live in the White River watershed, it eventually joins the White River and from there travels to the Connecticut River in White River Junction, Vermont. Four major watersheds make up the State of Vermont: the Connecticut River watershed (of which the White River watershed is part), the Lake Champlain watershed, the St. Lawrence watershed, and the Hudson River watershed.

White River watershed

The White River watershed encompasses 710 square miles, draining portions of Addison, Orange, Rutland, Washington and Windsor Counties, including 50,000 acres of the Green Mountain National Forest. The White River originates in the Town of Ripton on the slopes of Battell Mountain, then flows southerly and easterly before merging with the Connecticut River in the Town of Hartford. The 56-mile main stem of the White River has 5 major tributaries: the First Branch, the Second Branch, the Third Branch, the West Branch, and the Tweed River.

The White River is significant for being one of the last free-flowing rivers in the State of Vermont, and is the longest un-dammed tributary to the Connecticut River, which is an American Heritage River.  The White River watershed is also a designated Special Focus Area of the US Fish & Wildlife Service Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge.

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White River watershed towns

White River sub-watersheds

Job postings

May 2: Upper White River CWMA contract applications due The Upper White River Cooperative Weed Management Association is seeking candidates for a 30-day field work contract to conduct 20 miles of non-native invasive plant (NNIP) surveys and to recruit 30 volunteers to help control NNIP at 12 priority sites from May through September 2016. The ideal […]

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WRP celebrates 20 years!

2016 is the 20th anniversary of the White River Partnership and we hope you’ll help us celebrate! Here is a list of projects and events scheduled this year, all of which have a community engagement component: Event calendar April – May 2016 White River Paddle Trail launch – The WRP is pleased to announce the White […]

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WRP_SOR-dam_071515

WRP receives funding to remove Randolph dam

The White River Partnership has received four grants to remove a dam on the Third Branch of the White River in Randolph. The Randolph Dam is located on the east side (downstream) of the Main Street Bridge in Randolph village.  The current structure, located at the approximate site of the original foundry dam, is a […]

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