Bringing people and communities together to improve the long-term health of the White River and its watershed

Winter 2015 E-Newsletter

Upcoming events: 5 Olde Tavern hosts WRP fundraising dinners

The WRP and 5 Olde Tavern in South Royalton invite you to enjoy a great dinner for a good cause on Monday, January 26 and Monday, February 23 anytime between 5pm and 9pm. 5 Olde Tavern will donate 10% of all dinner sales to the WRP to support our work to improve the long-term health of the White River in 2015.

Please RSVP if you'd like to join the WRP staff and Board of Directors at 6pm:

Project highlight: WRP gets students outside in winter

Despite the occasionally frigid temps, winter is a great time to get outside to study wildlife activity along streams and rivers. This month we'll get outside with several local school groups to check out evidence of wildlife activity using our Riparian Track and Sign curriculum and teaching kit. Intact riparian buffers mean good habitat and lots of wildlife evidence!

Learn more about our watershed education program with schools on the WRP website.

Project highlight: Buyout site improvements

The WRP is working with DuBois & King and the towns of Granville, Rochester, Pittsfield, Bethel, and Royalton to design site improvements at 12 buyout sites along the White River and its tributaries. Site improvements include gravel parking lots, walking trails, river access, riparian buffers, and other flood resilient elements. The WRP is helping towns apply for funds to construct the site improvements in 2015, which will result in a network of new recreational sites along the White River!

Learn more about our river access program on the WRP website.

Project highlight: First Branch and Bethel river corridor planning

Since 2012 the WRP has worked with consultants at Redstart Forestry to conduct an intensive physical assessment of two priority areas within the White River watershed: 1) the First Branch and major tributaries in Washington, Chelsea, Tunbridge, and Royalton and 2) the White River, Third Branch, and major tributaries in Bethel. In 2014 Redstart analyzed the physical assessment data, and identified on-the-ground restoration projects to improve river health and flood resiliency.

These findings have been compiled in a River Corridor Plan for each priority area, and are available online at the
WRP website. Looking ahead the WRP will work with watershed towns and technical partners to develop and implement high-priority projects identified in each River Corridor Plan.

THANK YOU to our project funders and donors!

The WRP projects highlighted above were made possible by grants from the Community Development Block Grant, Couch Family Foundation, Ecosystem Restoration Program, Lamson Howell Foundation, Vermont Watershed Grant, and Wellborn Ecology Fund and by generous donations from our individual and business members and annual fund donors. Thank you for supporting our work to improve the long-term health of the White River and its watershed!

Get Involved

The WRP is a nationally-recognized and award-winning watershed organization because of the involvement of hundreds of individuals, businesses, schools, local and regional organizations, and local, state, and federal government agencies. We invite YOU to join us - here are a few ways to get involved and support our work:

  • Learn more about our work: visit the WRP website or follow us on Facebook
  • Volunteer: we engage over 500 volunteers each year through tree planting, water quality monitoring, river cleanup, and other hands-on watershed stewardship events
  • Make a donation: we depend on individual and business donations to implement our award-winning approach
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