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WRP response to Covid-19

In keeping with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Vermont’s “stay home, stay safe” order, the WRP office is closed until further notice.

Contact us

WRP staff are working remotely from home offices, so please reach out if/as needed:

  • Mary Russ, Executive Director: mary[at]whiteriverpartnership.org
  • Greg Russ, Watershed Restoration Manager: greg[at]whiteriverpartnership.org
  • Dan ‘Rudi’ Ruddell, Watershed Scientist: rudi[at]whiteriverpartnership.org
  • Christian Pelletier, Program Coordinator: christian[at]whiteriverpartnership.org

Cancelled or postponed events

The WRP has cancelled or postponed all scheduled events through May 2020. We will re-evaluate our summer events schedule as more information from the CDC and the state becomes available. Impacted events include:

  • Postponed: 5 Olde Tavern Fundraising Dinner on March 30 – Please consider supporting 5 Olde Tavern, and other local restaurants, if possible by ordering takeout or purchasing a gift card for later use.
  • Cancelled: Spring tree planting events with school groups (April 27 – May 8)
  • Cancelled: RASTA Peavine Whitewater Race on May 9
  • Cancelled: Second Sunday tree planting event with volunteers on May 10

2020 volunteer opportunities

At this time the WRP intends to coordinate our summer volunteer stewardship programs:

  • Water quality monitoring program – The 2020 water quality monitoring season began on Wednesday, May 27. For more information, please contact Christian Pelletier: christian[at]whiteriverpartnership.org.
  • White River Water Trail stewardship program – The 2020 stewardship program begins on Green Up Day, Saturday May 30. For more information, please contact Christian Pelletier: christian[at]whiteriverpartnership.org.

Contact us

Please contact us with any questions about upcoming WRP projects, programs, or events.

Upcoming events

Due to the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 (coronavirus), the WRP has cancelled or postponed all scheduled events through May 2020.

WRP response to Covid-19

In keeping with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the WRP office is closed until further notice. WRP staff are working remotely from home offices, so please contact us if/as needed.

In addition the WRP has cancelled or postponed all scheduled events through May 2020. We will re-evaluate our summer schedule as more information from the CDC becomes available.

The WRP intends to coordinate our summer volunteer programs, including water quality monitoring and White River Water Trail stewardship, in a way that is consistent with CDC guidance.

Finally the WRP is planning to implement several large-scale restoration projects, including a culvert replacement, dam removal, and floodplain restoration project, now that this type of construction work is allowed during the field season (July 1 – October 1).

Follow this link for more information about the WRP response to Covid-19.

Stay posted on WRP projects

The WRP posts information about on-the-ground watershed improvement projects, events, and volunteer opportunities on Facebook and Instagram. We invite you to “Like” or “Follow” us in order to stay posted on our work to improve the long-term health of the White River and its watershed.

The WRP also distributes a monthly electronic newsletter to share information about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, project updates, and more. We invite you to sign-up to receive our monthly e-newsletter by completing the form on the right-hand side of this webpage.

Support the WRP

The WRP depends on contributions of time and money to support our on-the-ground work in the watershed. Please support our good work by making a donation today!

Select the “Donate” button on the right-hand side of this page to donate via credit card or PayPal.

Or print and return our WRP Membership Form with a check.

For more information

Please contact us for more information about our projects, upcoming events, or other ways to get involved!

 

WRP coordinates Trout in the Classroom egg delivery

WRP staff and local Trout Unlimited volunteers delivered 1,600 brook trout eggs to White River valley schools today to kick-off the 2020 Trout in the Classroom (TIC) program!

Students will raise brook trout in chilled tanks in their classrooms through the winter months to learn more about early trout development and anatomy, habitat, water chemistry, life cycles, and more. In the spring students and teachers will release the brook trout fry into the river in locations approved by VT Fish & Wildlife.

The brook trout eggs started their journey at the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Fish Hatchery in Chittenden. Hatchery staff placed eggs into yogurt containers for safe passage, which WRP staff and Trout Unlimited volunteers delivered to 16 schools across the White River watershed.

Each school had prepared to receive 100 brook trout eggs by filling a 30-gallon, insulated fish tank and chilling the water to 43 degrees F. Students transferred the eggs from the yogurt container into “net breeders,” which are small nets suspended at the top of the tank. Eggs will remain in the nets until they hatch, usually in 3-5 weeks.

TIC is a program sponsored nationally by Trout Unlimited (TU), at the state level by the TU VT Council, and locally by regional TU chapters. In the White River watershed, the WRP partners with the Greater Upper Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited (GUVTU) to engage watershed schools in TIC as part of our Monitoring the White River education program.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the 2020 TIC kick-off a success, including WRP staff, Ed Finley from GUVTU, the folks at the Eisenhower Hatchery, Joe Mark from the TU VT Council, and all of the participating schools, teachers, and students!

White River Map & Guide on TrailFinder

The WRP’s White River Watershed Recreation Map & Guide is now available on Trail Finder, an online trails database for Vermont and New Hampshire.

The WRP released the White River Watershed Recreation Map & Guide in 2019. The map was the result of several years of work with partners to create a printed, waterproof map that highlights access points, paddling trips, tubing routes, fishing tips, hiking trails, and more along the White River and its five major tributaries: First Branch, Second Branch, Third Branch, West Branch, and Tweed River – nearly 110 miles of river exploration!

The online map includes a different link for five areas highlighted on the printed map, including:

White River main stem – Granville to White River Junction
First Branch – Chelsea to the White River
Second Branch – Kingsbury Covered Bridge to the White River
Third Branch – Riford Brook Road to the White River
Tweed River – Pittsfield village to the White River

Follow this link for more information about the White River Water Trail and stewardship opportunities in 2020!

2019 White River Water Quality Report

The White River Partnership’s 2019 Water Quality Report is now available. The report summarizes data collected by WRP staff and trained volunteers at 22 sites during summer 2019.

THANK YOU to our 2019 water quality monitoring volunteers, to the businesses and partners who stored water samples in 2019, and to Vermont Water Quality Division staff and partners who help us analyze our data and plan for the upcoming sampling season!

For more information, please visit our Water Quality Monitoring Program page.