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
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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
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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

Report on Statewide Stream Condition Recently Released
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Report on Statewide Stream Condition Recently Released

Scientists with the Assessment and Monitoring Program in DEC’s Watershed Management Division recently completed a five year long biological assessment of Vermont’s streams and rivers, and a report has been released on the findings of this study. Wadeable stream reaches were randomly selected throughout the State, and surveyed for water chemistry, habitat quality, and macroinvertebrate … Continue reading

Assessing the Waters of Otter Creek
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Assessing the Waters of Otter Creek

The Rutland Regional Planning Commission and its Clean Water Advisory Committee will soon be reviewing the draft Otter Creek (Basin 3) Tactical Basin Plan prepared by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. The plan provides both best available data and assessments of surface water conditions in the Otter Creek watersheds. It also identifies current and … Continue reading