A Change of Direction

A Change of Direction

September 05, 2006

As summer turns into fall, the White River Partnership is experiencing change of its own. Annie Bourdon, who directed the Partnership for nearly two years, has moved to Burlington to pursue graduate training in non-profit management. Annie’s tenure as executive director was marked by energy and enthusiasm, and her legacy includes a new brand identity, a new office accounting system, a solid foundation of grant funding, and a laundry list of projects throughout the watershed. The Partnership will continue to benefit from the good will Annie fostered within our watershed community and the staff and board want to extend their heartfelt thanks to her. Annie, we wish you well in all of your future endeavors!

As a result of Annie’s departure, the Board hired long-time Down Stream Team volunteer, Mary Russ, to direct the Partnership’s efforts. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Mary moved to Vermont in 2000 to attend Vermont Law School’s Master of Studies in Environmental Law program. Since graduation, Mary has worked as a reporter for the Vermont Environmental Monitor, a facilitator with a management consulting company, and as a career counselor at the law school. She lives with her husband, Greg, in Royalton, and is a commissioner on Royalton’s Conservation Commission. Mary is thrilled to be the new executive director and looks forward to continuing Annie’s good work in the watershed.

2006 Tree Planting Program

2006 Tree Planting Program

September 01, 2006

On January 25 at the Montshire Museum of Science, Randolph residents Jenna Guarino, a watershed educator, and Ed Delhagen, a sustainable development specialist, spoke about their travels to Mongolia to help launch an ambitious project called Securing Our Future. Jenna and Ed’s beautiful slideshow highlighted their experiences helping the citizens of Mongolia create watershed protection policies and a nationwide river monitoring program in 2006. This presentation was the first event in the WRP’s 2007 Education Series, which is designed to raise awareness about watershed issues and to promote local stewardship. Thanks to Jenna and Ed for an inspiring presentation and to the Montshire Museum and the Upper Valley Food Cooperative for co-hosting this event!


Individual donors funded the implementation of the Hurricane Flats Farm streambank restoration project – an innovative streambank restoration project designed to improve water quality, habitat, and flood resiliency in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene.

Fish Passage

The WRP and its partners identify and implement culvert replacement and retrofit projects to improve fish passage, connect vital habitats, and increase native fish populations.

Monitoring the White River

The WRP’s Monitoring the White River Program engages watershed teachers and students in classroom and field work activities that raise awareness about watershed issues and create opportunities for hands-on, place-based ecology education.