September: Vermont River Cleanup Month
September is Vermont River Cleanup Month – thanks to the more than 50 Water Trail Stewards, community volunteers, and local groups and organizations who helped remove more than 2,000 pounds of trash along the White River in early-September!
Work to remove trash along the river will continue through the end of September and we need your help:
- If you notice trash along the river, please fill out the form at this link to let us know where it is and any other relevent info.
- If you or a group you are involved with are interested in cleaning-up, please contact Christian Pelletier to discuss next steps: christian[at]whiteriverpartnership.org
We wrapped-up our 2023 Swim Smart Monitoring program on Wednesday, September 6 – many thanks to the 20 volunteers who gathered water samples at 22 swimming holes throughout the watershed this summer!
The data we collected this summer confirmed that you should avoid swimming or tubing in the White River during and immediately after a rain event because there is an increased risk of exposure to pathogens that can make you sick.
Visit this link for more information about our Swim Smart Monitoring program.
Summer 2023 flood response
Rain ending on Tuesday, July 11 has resulted in the sixth highest flood on record in Vermont and heavy rainfall continued through August and into September.
Here are some resources for folks in the White River valley who have been impacted by flooding or who want to help:
–Impacted individuals: Call 211 to report flood damages. Also check out the FEMA Individual Assistance Program information on the VT Emergency Management website and the 504 Housing Repair Program on the USDA Rural Development website.
–Impacted agricultural producers: Check out these resources on the Agency of Agriculture website. In addition, check out these grants available to eligible, flood-damaged farms: VCF Farm Disaster Relief Fund, NOFA-VT Farmer Emergency Fund and Business Emergency Gap Assistance Program.
-Impacted businesses, nonprofits, and manufactured homes: Check out these resources on the Agency of Commerce & Community development website.
–Impacted towns: Check out this “Municipal Guidance for Flood Emergencies in Vermont” for specific information about emergency recovery. In addition, the following sites provide sector-based guidance: VT Agency of Natural Resources flood recovery resources, VT Emergency Management flood resources, and VT League of Cities & Towns flood resources for municipalities.
–Folks who want to help out: We know there will be plenty of trash to remove in and along the river once flood waters recede. If you see trash in or along the river, please report the location using the form at this link. If you clean-up trash on your own, please follow this guidance from the Agency of Natural Resources. Stay tuned for opportunities to get involved in river cleanups in the coming weeks. And, if you’d like to volunteer on recovery efforts elsewhere, check out this website.
–Folks who recreate in the river: Bacteria levels were very high on August 9, so we recommend waiting to swim in the river until the color of the water is clear. With frequent rain events in the 10-day forecast (as of August 21), the river may not run clear for some time. The final Swim Smart Monitoring dates are August 23 & September 6, so look for bacteria level updates on August 24 & September 7!
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