Grants fund WRP flood recovery projects

Grants fund WRP flood recovery projects


May 10, 2012

The White River Partnership (WRP) has received five grants in 2012 to implement flood recovery projects that improve water quality, fish & wildlife habitat, and public access as well as engage people and local communities in watershed stewardship activities.

National Forest Foundation (NFF)

The National Forest Foundation provides matching funds for on-the-ground restoration and citizen-based monitoring projects benefitting America’s National Forests. The WRP received NFF funding to restore a 2.7-acre riparian buffer at the Bagley Farm in Granville; to replace the Nason Brook culvert at Woodlawn Cemetery in Rochester; to conduct non-native invasive plant control and survey projects on high-priority, Green Mountain National Forest and adjoining privately-owned sites; and to engage community volunteers in hands-on project implementation and monitoring activities.

Vermont Ecosystem Restoration Program (ERP)

Vermont’s Ecosystem Restoration Program takes action to accelerate the reduction of sediment and nutrient pollution from uncontrolled runoff into our streams, rivers, ponds, wetlands, and lakes. The WRP received ERP funds to improve water quality and flood resiliency through river corridor assessment, mapping, and planning in the First Branch sub-watershed.

Vermont Watershed Grant (VWG)

Vermont Watershed Grant 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 received VWG funds to implement flood recovery projects with volunteers, including planting 3,000 native trees and shrubs along the river and removing man-made trash along 50 miles of the White River.

WaterWheel Foundation

The WaterWheel Foundation was created by Phish in 1997 to oversee the band’s various charitable activities. The WRP received WaterWheel funding to implement on-the-ground projects that restore flood-damaged riverbanks, property, and infrastructure.

Wellborn Ecology Fund (WEF)

The Wellborn Ecology Fund serves to increase knowledge about the environment, ecology, and natural history of the Upper Valley through support of experientially-oriented programs that focus on the region’s people, schools, institutions, and communities. The WRP received WEF funds to work with Verdana Ventures education consultants and 5 watershed schools to use the White River as an outdoor classroom with a focus on monitoring impacts from Tropical Storm Irene flooding.

We want to thank NFF, ERP, VWG, WaterWheel, and WEF for their generous support of our 2012 flood recovery projects!