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    Donate

    Individual donors funded the implementation of the Hurricane Flats Farm streambank restoration project – an innovative streambank restoration project designed to improve water quality, habitat, and flood resiliency in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene.

  • Fish Passage

    Fish Passage

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

  • The WRP’s 
Monitoring the White River (MWR) Program has been 
engaging White River 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.

    Monitoring the White River

    The WRP’s Monitoring the White River (MWR) Program has been engaging White River 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.

  • Trees for Streams Program

    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.

  • WRP volunteers and partners have removed over 150,000 pounds 
of man-made trash from the White River since Tropical Storm Irene.

    Volunteers

    WRP volunteers and partners have removed over 150,000 pounds of man-made trash from the White River since Tropical Storm Irene.

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

Upcoming events

Wednesday, December 17: Royalton seeks input on buyout site improvements On December 17 the Royalton Buyout Committee, DuBois & King, and WRP are hosting a public meeting to unveil a conceptual design for public access improvements at two buyout properties: 43 Royalton Hill Road and 124 Gilman Road. The town of Royalton received Community Development Block Grant […]

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2014 Water Quality results

Every other Wednesday from June 4 through September 24, WRP volunteers are testing for bacteria at swimming holes around the White River watershed and at the mouths of major tributaries. Bacterial monitoring is a practical method to determine the potential health risk of water exposure. Bacteria are microscopic, single-celled organisms that can be found in virtually any […]

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Royalton Buyout Committee seeks input

The newly-formed Royalton Buyout Committee (Committee) invites community members to provide input about public uses of the four FEMA buyout sites in Royalton by completing an online survey and attending a public meeting on September 17. The Committee is chaired by Ernie Amsden and includes representatives from the Conservation, Planning, and Recreation Commissions. Committee members […]

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