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:
White River Paddle Trail launch – The WRP is pleased to announce the White River Paddle Trail, an emerging network of public access sites along the White River. Visit our White River Paddle Trail map to find sites, driving directions, and more!
Trees for Streams tree planting events – In late-April and early-May the WRP will recruit hundreds of volunteers to help us plant 5,000 native trees along the White River. Visit our upcoming events page or follow us on Facebook for more information!
Water quality monitoring at 22 swimming holes – Every other week from June 1 through September 21 WRP staff and trained volunteers monitor water quality at 22 swimming holes around the watershed, and share the data with the public via email, our website, and our Facebook page.
Randolph Dam removal project – In summer 2016 the WRP will work with American Rivers, The Nature Conservancy, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Greater Upper Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, and Ripple Natural Resources to remove the Randolph Dam on the Third Branch of the White River in Randolph village. The project will restore fish passage to 98 miles of cold-water trout habitat.
River cleanup events – September is Vermont’s River Cleanup Month and the WRP will partner with Watersheds United Vermont, Source to Sea, and community volunteers to remove man-made trash at White River Paddle Trail sites. Keep an eye on our upcoming events page or follow us on Facebook for more information!
WRP Annual Meeting & 20th anniversary celebration – Every year the WRP hosts an Annual Meeting to thank our members, partners, and volunteers and to celebrate our good work to improve the long-term health of the White River and its watershed. At this year’s meeting we’ll also celebrate our 20th anniversary – we hope you’ll join us!