A VYCC crew built a stone stairway from the River Road bridge to the White River in Bethel in 2014.

River Access Improvement

The WRP is working to improve and protect recreational access to the White River and its tributaries through 3 complementary projects:

Buyout Improvement Projects

Since Tropical Storm Irene the WRP and its partners have been working to improve recreational access at the 50+ “buyout” project sites located in the White River watershed.  Our goal is to create a network of recreational public access sites along the White River.

In 2014 the WRP and its partners hosted a series of public meetings to generate ideas for recreational access options at buyout sites.  In addition the WRP has helped towns secure grant funding to finalize conceptual designs in 2015 (see links below) and to implement site improvements in 2016.

Granville DRAFT design
Rochester DRAFT design
Pittsfield DRAFT design
Bethel DRAFT Gilead Brook design
Bethel DRAFT Spring Hollow design
Bethel DRAFT Marsh Meadow design
Royalton DRAFT design

Project partners include the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, Vermont River Conservancy, National Park Service, and interested watershed towns.  Funding for the project has been provided by the Community Development Block Grant and the Vermont Watershed Grant program.

River Cleanups

Trash in the river can make water quality and recreational access unsafe.  Each year the WRP coordinates river cleanups at public access sites to keep the White River clean and accessible for recreational use.

In summer 2015 the WRP coordinated 10 river cleanups with 55 volunteers to remove 1,000 pounds of man-made trash from river access sites in Bethel, Granville, Hancock, Hartford, Pomfret, Randolph, Rochester, Royalton, Sharon, and Stockbridge.  Thanks to our volunteers (East Valley Academy, South Royalton Middle School co-ed and High School girl’s soccer teams, Redstart, Vermont Law School) and funders (Vermont Law School, Vermont Watershed Grant)!VWG-logo

Interested in helping out? We provide 2 options for individuals and groups:

  1. Contact us to schedule a cleanup event with a community or school group.
  2. Sign-up to receive WRP river cleanup event announcements via our e-newsletter (see form on right-side of this screen).

Water Quality Monitoring

Every other Wednesday from June through September, WRP staff and trained volunteers monitor bacteria, conductivity, and turbidity at 22 swimming holes and recreational access sites along the White River.

For more information about monitoring results, visit our Water Quality Monitoring program page.