Watershed Management Division asks Vermonters to report when lakes lose their ice cover
Announcements / Science

Watershed Management Division asks Vermonters to report when lakes lose their ice cover

The Watershed Management Division (WSMD) is asking Vermonters to report when lakes and ponds lose their ice cover, also known as the “ice-out date.” Once a lake or pond is completely free of ice from shore to shore, WSMD scientists can begin their spring water quality sampling efforts. The ice-out data also helps scientists track … Continue reading

Testing the Waters
Science

Testing the Waters

Kedron Brook in Woodstock, VT, has been the subject of years of water quality testing as seasonal water quality has exceeded state standards for six years. The state of Vermont has Kedron Brook listed as being stressed. This fall, ONRCD teamed up with Vermont Institute of Natural Science VINS and Woodstock Elementary School 5th grade … Continue reading

ACRWC Rallies to Monitor E.coli
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ACRWC Rallies to Monitor E.coli

Due to COVID-19 and related factors, Addison County River Watch Collaborative (ACRWC) almost put the lid on all monitoring activities this year. Once Governor Scott “opened the spigot” a bit in June, however, the organization decided to do at least minimal monitoring of E.coli in Lewis Creek, Middlebury River, and the New Haven River. Funding … Continue reading

iNaturalist Project for Ground Truthing of Wetland Locations
Opportunities / Science

iNaturalist Project for Ground Truthing of Wetland Locations

YOU can take part in this effort and keep a safe 6 ft social distance. The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is embarking on increasing the amount of wetland mapping within the Otter, Little Otter, and Lewis Creek watersheds. Recent availability of high-resolution air photos and LIDAR elevation data make it possible to map wetlands … Continue reading

Getting the Most Out of Local Water Quality Monitoring
Progress / Science

Getting the Most Out of Local Water Quality Monitoring

Finding regional hot spots and concentrating local water quality monitoring in tributaries were some of the suggestions made at a recent Clean Water Advisory Committee meeting at the Rutland Regional Planning Commission. According to Addison River Watch Collaborative Director, Matt Witten, data from streams are proving be more useful than that from the mainstem of … Continue reading