• Upcoming events

    July 9 at 2:00 pm – West Branch project tour and picnic in Rochester Join us for a free project tour – from 2015 – 2016 the WRP worked with the Green Mountain National Forest and other partners to restore 1.5 miles of the West Branch of the White River in Rochester, using large wood structures […]

  • Second Sunday Events

    The WRP is coordinating a Second Sunday Event series in 2017. Starting on Sunday, May 14 and running through Sunday, September 10 individuals and groups have 5 opportunities to get involved in the WRP’s work to improve the long-term health of the White River and its watershed! All events start at 2pm; are held rain […]

  • Volunteers plant 50,000th tree

    700 students and community volunteers helped the WRP plant over 4,000 native trees along the White River in 9 locations this spring. This brings the WRP’s Trees for Streams Program totals to 50,000 trees planted since 2001. Follow this link to see pictures of the volunteers in action! Planting sites From late-April through mid-May the […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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.

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.

Maps

White River watershed towns

White River sub-watersheds

Help build a river access trail

You are invited to help the White River Partnership, Vermont River Conservancy, and Town of Sharon build a river access trail on Sunday, June 11 from 2-4pm. The event will be at the new Broad Brook Access in Sharon. Volunteers should meet at the Broad Brook Cemetery (1106 River Road) and dress to get dirty […]

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Second Sunday Events

The WRP is coordinating a Second Sunday Event series in 2017. Starting on Sunday, May 14 and running through Sunday, September 10 individuals and groups have 5 opportunities to get involved in the WRP’s work to improve the long-term health of the White River and its watershed! All events start at 2pm; are held rain […]

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Volunteer willow harvest event

The WRP is seeking volunteers to harvest live willow stakes on Sunday, April 9 from 2-4pm. The event is at Hurricane Flats Farm in South Royalton (975 South Windsor Street). Volunteers should dress to work in wet and muddy conditions. The WRP will provide gloves, a few loppers, and light snacks – feel free to bring your […]

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