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Hyde Dam removal project tour

A WRP project to remove the derelict Hyde Dam on the Second Branch of the White River in East Bethel, Vermont started this week. The WRP and Greater Upper Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited (GUVTU) will host a tour of the project on Friday, September 17 at 6pm.

“The site tour is open to anyone interested in seeing the project in-progress,” said Robb Cramer, GUVTU chapter president. “Removing the Hyde Dam will restore and open 60 miles of the river to fish passage so that wild trout and other species can find cooler water temperatures in the hot summer months and spawning grounds in the fall.”

GUVTU is contributing $14,301 from Trout Unlimited’s Embrace A Stream grant and the TU/Orvis Challenge to the dam removal project, matching funds received from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund and US Fish & Wildlife Service’s National Fish Passage Program. The WRP is managing the project, collaborating with local contractors Canonica Landworks and Ripple Natural Resources and landowner Vermont River Conservancy to complete in-stream work later this month.

As a complement to their financial investment, GUVTU is contributing time to the project, engaging interested community members in a series of education and stewardship events designed to raise awareness about the benefits of fish passage and coldwater habitat.  In addition to the site tour on September 17, GUVTU will host a tree planting event in late-September or early-October to restore the riparian buffer at the former dam site.

The Hyde Dam is located immediately downstream of the Store Hill Road bridge across the Second Branch in East Bethel. Parking for the tour is available at the Middle Branch Grange (78 Store Hill Road, Bethel).

Upcoming events

September 11: 2021 White River cleanup

SAVE THE DATE: We invite you to help us cleanup the White River on Saturday, September 11 from 10am – noon.

Visit our Clean Up the White event page for more information.

September 17: Hyde Dam removal project tour

SAVE THE DATE: We invite you to attend a free project tour on Friday, September 17 at 6pm.

Visit this link for more information.

October 20: 25th Anniversary Celebration & Annual Meeting

SAVE THE DATE: We invite you to attend our 25th Anniversary Celebration & Annual Meeting on Wednesday, October 20.

More information coming soon!

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.

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

Stay posted on WRP projects

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The WRP also distributes a regular electronic newsletter to share information about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, project updates, and more. We invite you to sign-up to receive our 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!

Clean Up the White on 9/11

We invite you to help us Clean Up the White on Saturday, September 11, 2021!

To wrap-up the recreation season, the WRP is coordinating a river cleanup event in partnership with Vermont River Cleanup Month and Source to Sea. Our goal is to work with volunteers to remove as much trash from the White River and White River Water Trail access sites as possible.

How to Get Involved

Interested in helping us Clean Up the White? You have two options:

Option 1: Anytime on or before September 11: Pick-up trash by the river (visit our Water Trail sites map to find a site near you); then drop-off trash at the Royalton Academy Building on Saturday, September 11 between 10am and noon.

Option 2: Saturday, September 11 from 10am-noon: Swing by the Royalton Academy Building to sign a waiver and grab some trash bags; head to the river to collect trash; then return by noon to drop-off the trash.

NOTE: We’re asking all participants to practice social distancing at the event and to sign a waiver. Email christian[at]whiteriverpartnership.org to receive a copy of the event waiver to print/sign in advance and drop-off with your trash. 

Celebrate 25 years with us!

To say THANK YOU, we will provide 25th Anniversary “Volunteer” t-shirts to the first 100 volunteers!

And we invite you to help us celebrate by sharing your river cleanup photos: take a picture of the trash you collect or you/your group in action and share it using the hashtag #CelebrateWRP25.

Questions?

Please contact us with questions: christian[at]whiteriverpartnership.org. We look forward to hearing from you!