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NEWS FROM THE FRIENDS

Using herbicide to establish floodplain forest at Waitsfield’s Austin parcel is a very complex issue. Non-native invasive plants are abundant in and around the Austin parcel, which degrades the floodplain and river condition and function (it has less ability to provide habitat, hold the soil, and slow flood waters than native floodplain forest). Consequently, there are no easy choices with this site.

Sampling results from the third round of Friends of the Mad River’s Mad River Watch water quality monitoring show no sites with elevated E. coli levels as of Monday morning, July 10. Unfortunately, however, this week our analysis does not include Moretown sites as we discarded results due to accuracy uncertainty. After heavy rains at the end of last week, the river topped out at 838 cubic feet per second (cfs) at the US Geological Service flow gage in Moretown on Friday, July 7 around 8 pm. Rains Saturday kept the river higher than normal, but Sunday was clear.

Sampling results from the second round of Friends of the Mad River’s Mad River Watch water quality monitoring show no sites with elevated E. coli levels as of Monday morning, June 26. After very heavy rains at the end of last week, the river topped out at 2,770 cubic feet per second (cfs) at the US Geological Service flow gage in Moretown on Saturday, June 24 around 8 am.

Friends of the Mad River (FMR) is pleased to announce its first ever photo contest. We love the river that connects our community and the land that feeds it. We invite you to join us in celebrating the beauty and vitality of the whole Mad River watershed with a showcase of beautiful pictures of the river, the valley, its uplands, and all those people and wildlife who call this special place home.

You are invited to celebrate the Mad River Valley’s progress toward resilience since Irene and learn about critical actions for building a stronger future. Wednesday, December 7, 5:30-7:30 PM. Valley Night at the Big Picture Theater. Come for the forum and stay for live music and drink specials!

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.

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