Water quality in the upper Mettawee River

At 7pm this Wednesday, April 25th, the Manchester and Dorset Historical Societies will be sponsoring a program at the Long Trail School that provides an overview of a five year study on the health of the Mettawee River in this region. Long Trail School faculty and students did work on the project in conjunction with St. Michael’s College.

The event will also include a report on the effects of Irene on the river.

For more details, please click the following link: A Study of Water Quality in the Upper Mettawee River

We hope to see you there!

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Grant for Reforestation on the Battenkill

This week in the Bennington Banner, Keith Whitcomb Jr. interviewed Greg Peters of the National Forest Foundation about an exciting opportunity to help fund a reforestation project on the banks of the Battenkill.  The National Forest Foundation has entered Odwalla’s “Plant a Tree” contest in hopes of winning a $10,000 grant for the Green Mountain National Forest.  The funding would go toward planting trees between 4 and 5 feet high on the west side of the Battenkill that suffered erosion during Hurricane Irene.  These larger trees will help to stabilize the affected areas and trap sediments from being deposited into the river.

During the months of April and May, people can log onto www.odwalla.com/plantatree and vote for the project of their choice. The ten organizations that receive the most votes will receive a $10,000 grant.

The article states the Green Mountain reforestation project will cost more than the $10,000 and the U.S. Forest Service has limited funds for reforestation projects, most having gone to repair roads damaged by Irene. More funding is being sought.

To read the full article, click here.

Note: When you go to vote for this project, it is on the second page listed in the “Boston Area”.  Just a little confusing.

Post Irene – Impacts to Wild Trout Populations

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife has posted a report on their website to help us better understand the potential impact to wild trout populations after the traumatic events following Hurricane Irene. In previous studies, research has found that wild populations tend to rebound quickly after major flood events, usually within a year or two. Of more concern is the unknown impact of flood recovery activities on aquatic habitat, largely channelization and excessive streambed excavation. To view the full report, click here.