Since 1996, the White River Partnership has been bringing people and communities together to improve the long-term health of Vermont’s White River watershed.
The White River watershed is a US EPA Clean Water Act National Restoration Showcase Watershed. It is also a designated Special Focus Area of the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge; and as the longest free flowing tributary to the Connecticut River, the White River is an important recreational resource.
- Through our Water Quality Monitoring Program, our trained volunteers have collected over 4,000 water samples since 2001 to identify and raise awareness about water quality issues in the White River watershed.
- Through our Watershed Restoration Program, we have collaborated with 130 landowners to implement 225 on-the-ground projects that improve water quality, habitat, flood resiliency, and recreational river access.
- Through our Watershed Education Program, we engage over 600 teachers and students each year in classroom and field work activities that raise awareness about watershed issues and create opportunities for hands-on, place-based ecology education.
- Through our Watershed Stewardship Program, we engage over 750 volunteers each year, including students from 27 local schools, to implement on-the-ground projects that improve water quality, habitat, and public access.
- US Fish & Wildlife Service National Fish Passage Program Partner of the Year – 2012
- Vermont Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence – 2012
- US Forest Service Eastern Region Honor Award for Protecting Ecosystems Across Boundaries – 2008
- Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Council Vermont Tree Steward Award – 2007
- US Forest Service Excellence in Riparian Management Award – 2003
- Vermont Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence & Pollution Prevention – 2003
- In 2000, the WRP was one of 12 groups nationally selected to receive a US Forest Service Community Based Watershed Restoration Partnership Grant in recognition of our community-based approach to resolving watershed problems.
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