October 04, 2009
Here are a few updates about stewardship events that the WRP and our partners coordinated recently:
43 community members helped clean up the public access areas along the White River and the Connecticut River in Hartford on Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3. Volunteers gathered over 750 pounds of trash, including styrofoam, tires, fishing line, food containers, household items like towels & a shower curtain rod, and even a couch! THANK YOU to everyone who volunteered and to the partners who made this event possible: Town of Hartford, Hartford Conservation Commission, Hartford Memorial Middle School, and the Community College of Vermont.
Our 2009 summer monitoring program is complete! The WRP coordinates a volunteer-led water quality monitoring program to raise awareness about water quality in the White River and to prioritize our restoration efforts. This summer, we worked with 21 volunteers and the Environmental & Natural Resources Clinic students at Vermont Law School to monitor turbidity, conductivity, and E. coli bacteria at 23 sites along the main stem and its tributaries. Volunteers monitored water quality every two weeks, on Wednesday mornings; results were posted on our website by Thursday afternoon. Follow the links for more information about our monitoring program and our 2009 results.
Over 30 people joined us to celebrate another year of hard work to improve the White River watershed on Saturday, September 26 at the Royalton Academy Building. Attendees enjoyed appetizers provided by the Lebanon Co-op Food Store, a presentation by Greg Russ, Monitoring Coordinator, about our Class IV Town Road Inventory Project, and a rousing game of Back Roads Bingo coordinated by Sandy Conrad! Congratulations to Art Stacy for winning the 12- x 16-foot timeberframe raffle and THANK YOU to everyone who bought raffle tickets to support this successful fundraiser!
The White River Partnership, in partnership with American Forest Foundation, Vermont Woodlands Association, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, and Vermont Agency of Natural Resources hosted a walking woodland tour at the Forest Festival Weekend on September 26th and 27th. The Festival celebrates forest history, science and art in Vermont and includes a wide variety of exhibits and events. The Forest Stewardship 101 tour included a walking tour covering some of the most scenic areas of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller forest guided by experts in forest management. Discussion topics along the tour included managing for wildlife, water quality, environmental services, invasive species and cost-share opportunities.
Over 80 community members attended two public forums about water quality in the White River watershed hosted by the White River Partnership this summer. Since 2001, WRP staff and volunteers have gathered water quality data at over 20 sites along the river and its tributaries. Dr. Fritz Gerhardt analyzed these data, and discussed his findings and recommendations for addressing specific water quality problems at the two public forums. The first forum was held on Thursday, August 13 at the Gifford Medical Center conference room in Randolph. The second forum was held on Tuesday, September 15 at Vermont Law School’s Oakes Hall; this forum was co-sponsored by the school’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic.
27 community members helped clean up the White River in South Royalton on Saturday, September 12. Volunteers gathered over 500 pounds of trash, including beverage containers, car parts, tires, tennis shoes, and a shovel! THANK YOU to everyone who volunteered and to the partners who made this event possible: Town of Royalton, Vermont Law School, and the WRP Down Stream Team.
The WRP is partnering with Trout Unlimited, the Green Mountain National Forest, and the VT Water Quality Division to raise awareness about didymo, invasive algae found in the White River in 2007. Volunteers are needed to help distribute informational brochures and signs to raise awareness about stopping the spread of didymo and other invasive species around the watershed. Do you know of a good location for a stack of brochures? Does your favorite swimming hole need a sign? Contact email@example.com to let us know how you want to help spread the word about didymo!