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Celebrating 20 Years working for the River!

Ongoing Initiatives

Annual Mad River Watch Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program
Annual Festival of the Arts River Clean Up and Junk Art Contest
Provision of River related information and resources to Towns' Boards
Annual Drinking Water Week and Clean Water Week Poster Contests
Education partnerships with local schools; student led river studies

Major Projects

The Wait House office and water quality analysis lab established
Mad River Watch signs installed at local swimholes
Wildlife poster produced along with Keeping Track trainings
Warren Riverside Park created
Teachers Resource Guide published
Buffer Management plan adopted (Wolliner)
Management Plan for Blueberry Lake and Warren Falls created
Oral History of the Valley (Crucible of Change)
Created Unmapped Flood Hazard Guide for Town Officials

Mad River Watershed Conservation Partnership established
More than 1200 trees and shrubs planted with FWS and NRCS
along with GMVS students' help
Streamside Buffer Project with Riparian landowners
"Caring for the River" Booklet created and distributed throughout watershed
Geomorphic assessments completed for mainstem of Mad River to Moretown
and several tributaries
Upper Mad River Corridor Plan created
Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Study completed in Waitsfield and Moretown
Kingsbury Farm Riparian Planting Project
Bridge Street Rain Garden
Fluival Erosion Hazard Zoning passes in Waitsfield


Browse the FMR publications archives for watershed information.

River Clean-ups

  Keeping the Mad River clean and beautiful is part of our annual work.

Annual Poster Contest

Each year, FMR sponsors a poster contest in area schools, in conjunction with Clean Water Week

Mad River Watch

FMR has been collecting water quality data for the Mad River for 22 years. 

Streambank Stabilization and Tree Planting

FMR works to restore the sreamside vegetation that once shaded and protected the entire Mad River corridor.

Mad River Valley:  Crucible of Change

In cooperation with the Vermont Folklife Center and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, the Friends of the Mad River sponsored the creation of an oral history of the Mad River. 

Sediment Detention at Sugarbush

FMR fought hard to ensure that a sediment skimmer was installed at a Sugarbush stormwater detention basin. 

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