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

May 2015 CURRENTS

May 8 - 10: Botanical installation benefits WRP

Donations received at an upcoming Artistree exhibit in Pomfret, VT will benefit the WRP and Upper Valley Haven. The "Mothers and Moss" botanical installation, paired with vintage and recent photographs, was created by Birds of a Flower, a new design company located in Woodstock, VT.

Owners & artists Heather Brown & Piper Nightingale Benoit state, "An essential part to all life is water...[and] we realize that flowers take an immense amount of water. ... For this special weekend we would like to celebrate mothers and mother earth; it is our hope that Birds of a Flower’s botanical sculptures can raise awareness and funds for the preservation of our water, and local families needing support and nurturing through the White River Partnership and the Upper Valley Haven."

The opening reception on Friday, May 8 from 5:30 - 7:00pm will be followed by a Songwriters Showcase in the Red Barn. The "Mothers and Moss" exhibit will be open on both Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10 from 11:00am - 4:00pm.

May 9: Tree planting along Thayer Brook in Braintree

The Braintree Conservation Commission and White River Partnership (WRP) invite volunteers to help us plant native trees along Thayer Brook in Braintree from 10:00am - noon on Saturday, May 9 (rain date Saturday, May 16).  The planting event is being co-sponsored by the Community Development Block Grant and Vermont Watershed Grant programs.
 
Interested volunteers should meet at the 1.6-acre town-owned property at 2044 Thayer Brook Road.  Please dress to work outside in long sleeves, long pants, and close-toed shoes.  The WRP will provide gloves, shovels, planting instruction, and light snacks.

Planting native trees along rivers filters pollutants out of runoff; provides food and cover for fish and wildlife; stabilizes streambanks; and slows flood waters.  In 2015 the WRP’s Trees for Streams Program will engage 14 landowners and 500+ students and community volunteers to plant 5,500 native trees along the White River and its tributaries.

29 Braintree Elementary School students and teachers planted 130 native trees and shrubs at the Thayer Brook site on May 1.

May 29 & 30: Fly Fishing Tournament benefits the White River

The Greater Upper Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited is hosting the second annual White River Open Fly Fishing Tournament on May 29 and 30, 2015 to benefit the White River.  The White River Open will be a catch & release, fly-only, trout-only tournament with prizes from RepYourWater, Rio, and more. 100% of tournament proceeds will go to habitat restoration projects on the White River.

Visit the tournament Facebook page to learn more about tournament rules and to register.

June 26: House party celebrates recreational river access

Do you enjoy using the White River to tube, paddle, swim, snorkel, fish, view wildlife, and more? If so we invite you to join us for a house party fundraiser on Friday, June 26 from 5:00 - 7:00pm to learn more about – and make a contribution to support – the WRP's River Access Improvement Project.

Our Project is a grassroots effort to improve public access along the river, with a particular focus on the 50+ sites in the watershed that were bought out by towns after Tropical Storm Irene. The evening will be a fun chance to learn about how the WRP is taking steps to ensure that the White River is accessible as a recreational resource.
 
Date: Friday, June 26th from 5:00 - 7:00pm
Location: 322 Leons Lane, Sharon, VT
Suggested donation: $20/person or $35/pair
Please RSVP to Mary Russ at mary@whiteriverpartnership.org or 802-763-7733
 
Lastly, if you can’t make the party but would like to support the WRP's River Access Improvement Program, please send your tax-deductible contribution to “White River Partnership, PO Box 705, S. Royalton, VT 05068″ or make a donation online.

The WRP worked with a VYCC crew in 2014 to improve river access by installing a granite staircase from the River Street bridge parking area to the White River in Bethel.

Project highlight: Water quality monitoring starts June 3
 

On June 3 the WRP will kick-off its 15th season of monitoring water quality at 22 sites along the White River and its tributaries. WRP staff and 20+ trained volunteers will keep tabs on bacteria, conductivity, temperature, and water clarity at swimming holes and other public access sites around the watershed every other Wednesday through September 23.

The WRP developed the volunteer-led Water Quality Monitoring Program in response to community concerns that bacteria and other contaminants might be making some waters unsafe for recreation. Because of its close relationship to public health, we make the bacteria results available to the public every other Thursday via email, our website, and our Facebook page.
 
If you would like to receive the biweekly bacteria results directly via email, please contact WRP Monitoring Coordinator Emily Miller at emily@whiteriverpartnership.org or call 802-873-7733. Visit our website to learn more about our Water Quality Monitoring Program, 2014 Program results, and more!
 

Project highlight: Managing invasive plants in the Upper White River valley

Invasive plants are plants out-of-place. In their home environments they have natural predators or forces that keep them in check. But in their introduced environments they have no natural predators, so they outcompete native plants, causing repercussions throughout the ecosystem.

For example garlic mustard was originally brought to the United States during colonial times as a garden plant. Its garlicky flavored leaves are edible for people, but it is not eaten by local wildlife or insects. Garlic mustard is also a prolific seeder - each mature plant can produce hundreds of seeds - allowing it to quickly outcompete native wildflowers. And garlic mustard is allelopathic, which means it produces chemicals that suppress the growth of native plants, like red and sugar maples.

While garlic mustard is a relative newcomer to the Upper White River valley, other invasive plants are more firmly established including wild chervil, purple loosestrife, Japanese knotweed, and Japanese barberry among others. Visit the Vermont Invasives website to see photos of these and other invasive plants found in Vermont, along with fact sheets and treatment recommendations for each plant species.

Since 2009 the WRP has been working to inventory and control invasive plants in the Upper White River through a formal collaboration called a Cooperative Weed Management Association (CWMA). Other Upper White River CWMA partners include the Town of Rochester, Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont Agency of Transportation, and Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation.

The Upper White River CWMA hosts invasive plant identification and control workshops each spring and summer. For more information about how to get involved, please contact CWMA Coordinator Emily Miller at emily@whitriverpartnership.org or call 802-763-7733.

Rochester School students help prevent the spread of garlic mustard by removing plants along a path from the school to the village.

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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