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NEWS FROM THE FRIENDS

With crisp fall temperatures in the air, Friends of the Mad River’s Mad River Watch (MRW) Program results from the sixth and final round of water sampling show four sites with unfavorable swimming conditions as of Monday morning. Tremblay Road Pines and Meadow Road bridge in Waitsfield as well as the Village swim area and Ward Access in Moretown were well over the DOH/EPA accepted “swimmable” E. coli level of 235 colonies per 100 ML of water. It is estimated that at the level of 235 colonies E.coli per 100 ML water, approximately 8 out of every 1,000 swimmers are likely to contract a water borne illness related to fecal contamination.

You’re invited to join Friends of the Mad River on Thursday, August 18th, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Fayston’s Robert Vasseur Town Hall for a presentation and discussion about the Mad River Valley’s water quality through the last three decades. Learn which Mad River streams are cleanest, where we have challenges, and what kinds of land uses cause poor water quality. Share with us which swimholes, access areas, and water quality data are important to you.

Sampling results from the fifth round of Friends of the Mad River’s Mad River Watch (MRW) Program show one site with unfavorable swimming conditions as of Monday morning. Lareau Swimhole in Waitsfield results show 410 colonies of E. coli per 100 ML of water, well over the DOH/EPA accepted “swimmable” E. coli level of 235 colonies per 100 ML of water. It is estimated that at the level of 235 colonies E.coli per 100 ML water, approximately 8 out of every 1,000 swimmers are likely to contract a water borne illness related to fecal contamination.

Sampling results from the fourth round of Friends of the Mad River’s Mad River Watch Program once again show no sites with unfavorable swimming conditions as of Monday morning. After Saturday thunderstorms, the water on Monday morning at the time of sampling had already declined and was fairly steady. Prior to Monday’s sampling, sediments and pollutants from the land into the river and streams had likely already flushed through the watershed and onto the Winooski River and Lake Champlain.

Sampling results from the third round of Friends of the Mad River’s Mad River Watch Program show no sites with unfavorable swimming conditions as of Monday morning. After a weekend of intermittent and scattered showers, the water on Monday morning at the time of sampling was declining. Prior to Monday’s sampling, sediments and pollutants from the land into the river and streams had likely already flushed through the watershed and onto the Winooski River and Lake Champlain.

Sampling results from the second round of Friends of the Mad River’s Mad River Watch Program show no sites with unfavorable swimming conditions as of Monday morning. It has been dry and the river has been dropping since the June strawberry moon marked the last substantial rain event. Prior to Monday’s sampling, sediments and pollutants from the land into the river and streams had likely already flushed through the watershed and onto the Winooski River and Lake Champlain.

The Mad River is generally safe for swimming and boating. The federal Clean Water Act, septic regulations, lots of money, careful land stewardship, and the hard work of many people are to thank. But, there are times – particularly after a rainfall event – when it is possible that our river might make you sick. Also, certain regions of the Mad River suffer from persistent water quality problems that contribute to poor aquatic wildlife habitat, harmful algal blooms, polluted groundwater, and exacerbated flooding. Our community has work still to do.

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.

Sampling results from the sixth and final 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.

Sampling results from the fifth 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 a week without substantial rain. It rained after sampling Monday night, however, and likely washed sediments and pollutants from the land into the river and streams.

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