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Ridge to River Initiative -

Ridge to River Introductory Video


Resource Documents:

A Framework for Action on Stormwater - Ridge to River Phase 1 Report by Stone Environmental

MRV Context for Flood Resilience and Stormwater - Joshua Schwartz, MRVPD

Stormwater Overview - Justin Kenney, VT DEC

-- Primary Resources --

Smart Growth Implementation Assistance (SGIA) Flood Resilience framework graphic and associated Policy Memo for the MRV, August 2013

Stormwater Management Regulation in the MRV: Review and Recommendations  (FMR), April 2013

-- Additional Resources --

Green Stormwater Infrastructure Fact Sheets (DEC)

Mad River Valley Road Erosion Study (FMR) and attachments, May 2012

"Exploring pathways to transformations in post-disaster-event communities: Case Study of the Mad River Valley" - Master's thesis by Darin Wahl at Stockholm Resilience Centre, Nov 2014

Hill Farming in Vermont's Mad River Valley video (MRVPD), March 2014

-- Act 64 - Vermont's Water Quality Act Resources --

Water Quality Impacts from the Forest - Cold Hollow to Canada Winter 2016 newsletter article by Gary Sabourin and Nancy Patch.

Flood Preparedness

Floods can and do happen in the Mad River Valley; a significant flood event in 1998 destroyed several homes and affected hundreds of people.

Friends of the Mad River has developed a "Flood Preparation Checklist" specific to preparing or floods in our area. (.pdf file)

Also, the following websites are useful in preparing for a flood:

Federal Emergency Management Agency:  "Before a Flood"

American Red Cross:  "Preparing for Events--Floods"

NOAA Hazardous Weather Notifications for Washington County Vermont

Publications and Reports

Friends of the Mad River Publications

Mad River Watch Water Sampling Manual for Volunteers - 2016

State of the Watershed - 2014

The Best River Ever – a Watershed Conservation Plan

Stormwater Management Regulation in the Mad River Valley: review and recommendations

Upper Mad River Corridor Plan

Road Erosion Assessment Report

Road Erosion Assessment Final Report Attachments

Among the Friends' most ambitious achievements is the creation of a conservation plan for the entire Mad River Watershed. Funded in part by a grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program and prepared with the support and assistance of the Mad River Valley Planning District, The Best River Ever: A Conservation Plan to Protect and Restore Vermont's Beautiful Mad River Watershed was published in 1995. The Best River Ever establishes a vision for a healthy Mad River and a plan for achieving that vision. Addressing such diverse topics as fish habitat, sewage disposal, agricultural and forestry practices and education, The Best River Ever provides Valley residents, organizations and local and state governments with clear strategies for living in harmony with the Mad River and its tributaries.

Caring for the River, Caring for the Land:  A guide to living in the Mad River Valley

Published by FMR in 2000, this informative booklet is a community compiled resource for the individuals, families, and businesses that live, work, and play here in the Mad River Valley. The booklet covers local issues and topics including recreation, home, natural resources, the river, and our community. Each chapter begins with general information and history, then lists specific actions residents can take to address problems and improve our quality of life. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the booklet identifies numerous resources that citizens can use to find out more information about topics that affect their homes and the community.

This handbook contains many suggestions for ways to conserve natural resources in the Mad River Valley. These suggestions will evolve over time, and we plan to publish subsequent editions with updated and improved information. We hope that after reading this handbook you will challenge us with your questions and ideas about the best ways to protect natural resources in this Valley. We believe that responsible land management involves learning from past successes and failures, and fostering both old and new conservation methods in the 21st century. Communication is crucial to this process, and we hope that this booklet inspires many productive and interesting discussions. Please stop by our office and tell us your impressions and ideas about this handbook or send us an e-mail. 

If you would like to request a copy, please e-mail us at

Other Publications

Scientific Studies

Low Impact Development Opportunities in Waitsfield, Vermont (Source:  the University of Vermont, the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District and Friends of the Mad River) 

Post Irene Habitat Assessment Report (Source:  VT Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Assessment of Fluvial Geomorphology in Relation to Erosion and Landslides in the Mad River Watershed in Central Vermont (Source: Vermont Geologic Survey, Step by Step, and Friends of the Mad River)

Fish Survey Study Results for the Mad River and Tributaries (Source: VT Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Mad River Geomorphic Assessment Report 2007 (prepared by Field Geology Services, Inc)

Vermont River Management Documents

Channel Fact Sheet (PDF 1999KB)
River Corridor Fact Sheet (PDF 400KB)
Alternatives for River Corridor Management: Vermont DEC River Management Program Position Paper (PDF 855KB)

Lake Champlain Basin Documents

Lake Champlain Basin Program "Opportunities for Action: An Evolving Plan for the Lake Champlain Basin"

Non-Point Source Pollution Fact Sheet


Mad River Watershed Resource Guide for Teachers

The Mad River Watershed Resource Guide for Teachers was compiled by Friends of the Mad River to provide teachers with a compilation of available resources related to watershed education in the Mad River watershed.  We hope that this guide is useful to you in planning for instruction, whether you are teaching about ecology, conservation or the challenges and opportunities for sustainability.

Click here to download the guide (MS Word doc)

Please contact us if you would like assistance in planning a watershed focused curriculum, or if you have suggestions for our guide:  802.496.9127 or
Work in Mad River Valley Schools

Friends of the Mad River has worked with numerous teachers from the five elementary schools in the Valley, as well as teachers from Harwood Union High School. Projects have included river walks, Flume table demonstrations, benthic macroinvertebrte assessments of several tributaries, wetland assessments, and general water quality assessments.  Please contact us if you are interested in partnering with FMR in an educational event. 


Mad River Information

Link to current USGS Flow Statistics for the Mad River in Moretown, VT

How Does A River Work? How do you Restore it?

A series of interactive models to help you understand how a river "works" and behaves.

E.coli Information

E. Coli and Recreational Water Quality in Vermont

Stormwater Links

EPA Stormwater Site

Agricultural Links

Resource Guide for Vermont’s New and Aspiring Farmers

Home, Lawn, Garden Links

The Composting Association of Vermont

Rain Water Harvesting Information

Greywater Information

A Small Woodland Owners Guide to Stream Habitat Restoration

Mad River Valley Community Links

Mad River Valley Planning District

The Vermont Folklife Center

The Vermont Earth Institute

The Mad River Path Association: Supporting community, ecology, and health through public pathways

River and Water Related Organizations

Friends of the Winooski River

Mad Dog Trout Unlimited 

The Lake Champlain Basin Program

University of Vermont's Watershed Alliance

EPA's Watershed Information Page for the State of Vermont

Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation: Water Quality and Supply Divisions

River Network

American Rivers

Water Stewards Network



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