The White River Partnership (WRP) has received two state grants to implement flood recovery projects that improve water quality, fish & wildlife habitat, and public access as well as engage community members in hands-on stewardship activities in 2014.
Vermont’s Ecosystem Restoration Program (ERP) takes action to accelerate the reduction of sediment and nutrient pollution from uncontrolled runoff into our streams, rivers, ponds, wetlands, and lakes. The WRP will use ERP funds to conduct an intensive physical assessment of the White River in Stockbridge and major tributaries in Hancock, Rochester, Stockbridge, and Barnard and to develop a River Corridor Management Plan that identifies on-the-ground projects to improve river health and flood resiliency.
Vermont Watershed Grant (VWG) funds are granted to support on-the-ground projects that protect or restore water quality and shorelines, enhance recreational use, and educate people about watershed resources. The WRP will use VWG funds to implement Irene recovery projects with volunteers, including planting 2,500 native trees and shrubs along the river; enhancing fish passage through the first culvert on Marsh Brook in Rochester; and improving recreational access at FEMA buyout properties and public access sites damaged during Irene.
We want to thank ERP and VWG for their generous support of our 2014 flood recovery projects!