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NEWS FROM THE FRIENDS

Corrie Miller, a scientist and dedicated conservationist, will take over as Executive Director of the Friends of the Mad River (FMR) starting in March. Miller has a strong background in non-profit management and, since Tropical Storm Irene devastated the region, has worked as the Executive Director of the Ausable River Association in the eastern Adirondacks. For nearly a decade before that she lived and worked in Vermont, most recently with the Staying Connected Initiative finding community-based solutions for wildlife habitat protection.

After six great years as Executive Director, the time has come for me to say good-bye to the Friends of the Mad River (FMR), an organization that has become near and dear to my heart. I have recently accepted the Executive Director position with the Stowe Land Trust, and will be making the transition in early December. While I am very excited about my new job, I will certainly miss the Friends of the Mad River: the Board of Directors, the wonderful volunteers, our members and supporters, the community. And of course, the river.

With your help we planted thousands of trees along the Mad River over the past few years. Nice work! Now, we need to do some follow-up. We are seeking volunteers to check in on the trees, do a bit of preventative maintenance to ensure their continued survival, and identify areas that may need replanting next spring. Volunteer stweards will examine the trees, count any that have died, and possibly re-stake or remove unnecessary tree protection tubes.

Mad River Watch volunteers collected water samples throughout the watershed on Monday morning August 26th; this is the last Mad River Watch sampling date for the season. Results show favorable swimming conditions at all locations. Vermontís water quality standard for recreational waters measures E. coli bacteria, an indicator of pollution from human or animal waste and the potential presence of disease-causing organisms. The Vermont Health Department just revised the standard this year up to the EPA standard of 235 colonies E.coli per 100 mL water. None of thirty-six sites tested were in violation of the standard.

Mad River Watch volunteers collected water samples from 36 sites throughout the watershed early Monday morning. Results show no sites were in violation of Vermont water quality standards for recreational waters. The standard measures E.coli bacteria, which is found when there is fecal contamination present. High E.coli levels in water indicate the likelihood of high levels of water-borne pathogens, which can sicken swimmers. The Vermont Department of Healthís current standard for E.coli is 235 colonies per 100 ml sample.

Mad River Watch volunteers collected water samples from 36 sites throughout the watershed early Monday morning. Results show 17 of 36 sites in violation of Vermont water quality standards for recreational waters. The standard measures E.coli bacteria, which is found when there is fecal contamination present. High E.coli levels in water indicate the likelihood of high levels of water-borne pathogens, which can sicken swimmers. The Vermont Department of Healthís standard for E.coli is 235 colonies per 100 ml sample, which was recently revised upwards from a more conservative standard.

Sampling results from the fourth round of Friends of the Mad Riverís Mad River Watch volunteer water quality program (July 15th) show all sites with favorable swimming conditions, with no sites testing above the Vermont Health Departmentís water quality standard for E.coli in recreational waters (235 colonies of E.coli per 100 mL water).

Results from sampling on Monday July 1st show relatively low levels of E.coli at all sites, despite the relatively high water levels. This could be due to the continuous flushing the rain June provided, preventing the build up of pollution in the watershed.

The first sampling date of the Friends of the Mad River's 2013 Mad River Watch season was Monday June 17th. Results from sampling show that E.coli levels at the 36 sites throughout the watershed were universally low. There were no samples that were above the state standard of 235 colonies/100mL. E.coli is an indicator of fecal contamination and elevated levels of E.coli in recreational water is associated with and increased risk of illness.

In 2012 & spring 2013 FMR partnered with several other conservation organizations and received help from many talented, determined, and generous volunteers to plant more than 2300 trees and shrubs along the banks of the river.

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