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NEWS FROM THE FRIENDS

Sampling results from the fourth round of Friends of the Mad River’s 2015 Mad River Watch (MRW) volunteer water quality program show four sites with unfavorable swimming conditions Monday morning. Localized thunderstorms and intense downpours hit the watershed overnight Sunday, washing sediments and pollutants from the land into the river and streams. By the time of sampling Monday morning, tributaries seem to have cleared while several Main Stem sites tested above DOH/EPA safe E. coli level of 235 colonies per 100 mL of water.

WAITSFIELD, VT – The High Meadows Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation has awarded a team from the Mad River Valley (MRV) $60,000 to work together across the five town watershed towards increasing flood resilience by tackling the challenges associated with stormwater runoff. This is one of six grants awarded throughout the state to groups working across municipal boundaries to find creative solutions that protect communities, land and water.

Sampling results from the third round of Friends of the Mad River’s 2015 Mad River Watch (MRW) volunteer water quality program show no sites with unfavorable swimming conditions Monday morning after nearly two weeks without substantial rain. It rained after sampling Monday afternoon, however, and likely washed sediments and pollutants from the land into the river and streams.

Sampling results from the second round of Friends of the Mad River’s 2015 Mad River Watch (MRW) volunteer water quality program show no sites with unfavorable swimming conditions Monday morning. It rained overnight Saturday and the earlier part of Sunday, washing sediments and pollutants from the land into the river and streams. By the time of sampling Monday morning, the system seems to have cleared.

Sampling results from the first round of Friends of the Mad River’s 2015 Mad River Watch (MRW) volunteer water quality program show ten sites with unfavorable swimming conditions Monday morning. It rained overnight Sunday and carried sediments and pollutants from the land into the river and streams.


Interested in CSI-type work to gather valuable data about the Mad River and its tributaries?…Friends of the Mad River seeks self-motivated and detail-oriented person to oversee the laboratory duties for our water quality monitoring program, Mad River Watch (MRW). Lab Coordinator will perform laboratory testing of water samples for E. coli level, coordinate the collection of samples by volunteers, and generally manage the laboratory.

Hello friends! At this time of year we look back and take stock. 2014 has been an exciting year for Friends of the Mad River as we worked to conserve the valued resources of the Mad River watershed. If you're not on our mailing list (and didn't receive the newsletter two weeks ago), I invite you to read more about our work in the most recent Mad River Matters (or send your mailing address to friends@madriver.com and I'll mail you a copy).

Three years ago today, on August 28, 2011, Tropical Storm Irene dumped so much rain across our watershed that, at 10:15 that memorable Sunday evening, the USGS flow gage in Moretown peaked at 24,200 cubic feet per second (cfs). [Today, in 2014, it’s at about 50 cfs, which is in line with the median for this date.] Since this record-topping flow, Irene has since become a household name, fraught with all kinds of emotions. Irene left damage in its wake of a magnitude previously unimaginable. Today, three years later, our Mad River Valley community is still recovering from Irene – re-establishing our homes and businesses – and at the same time, we’re building our capacity to deal with whatever the future throws us.

Sampling results from the sixth and final round of Friends of the Mad River’s 2014 Mad River Watch (MRW) volunteer water quality program show no unfavorable swimming conditions as of Monday morning. None of the 36 Mad River watershed sites tested unsuitable for water recreation (according to EPA's E. coli threshold of 235 colonies per 100 ml of water) on 8/25. This result is expected due to low water levels and several days without rain. Pollutants that washed off the land and into the water (stormwater runoff) late last week have already moved through the watershed system.

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