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Confluence Park Meeting 12/4

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

The Vermont River Conservancy welcomes members of the public to hear about the Confluence River Park in the heart of downtown Montpelier. This park is on the One Taylor Street parcel, at the confluence of the North Branch and main stems of the Winooski River. VRC has contracted with Milone & MacBroom to create a Feasibility Study & Conceptual Design for the park. Come hear about the process and timeline, offer input to VRC and the park designers, and share your priorities for a Confluence River Park.

Tuesday, December 4th 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre Street in Montpelier

Thank you to the Vermont Chapter of AARP for sponsoring this event and providing snacks, and thank you to the Montpelier Senior Activity Center for hosting. We look forward to seeing many of you there! If you can not attend but wish to provide feedback on the Confluence Park, please email or call Richarda at 229-0820, richarda@vermontriverconservancy.org.

Public Meetings – Montpelier Confluence River Park

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

The Vermont River Conservancy welcomes members of the public to hear about the Confluence River Park in the heart of downtown Montpelier. This park is on the One Taylor Street parcel, at the confluence of the North Branch and main stems of the Winooski River. VRC has contracted with Milone & MacBroom to create a Feasibility Study & Conceptual Design for the park. Come hear about the process and timeline, offer input to VRC and the park designers, and share your priorities for a Confluence River Park. We currently have two times on the calendar for these public meetings:

-Thursday, November 8th at 7:00 – 8:00 pm in City Hall, as part of the Montpelier Conservation Commission meeting.

-Tuesday, November 13th at 6:40 – 7:30 pm at the Police Station conference room, as part of the Montpelier Parks Commission meeting.

If you are unable to make these public sessions, we welcome your input via email – please contact richarda@vermontriverconservancy.org

 

VRC Announces Request for Proposals for Confluence River Park

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

The Vermont River Conservancy announces a Request for Proposals for a Feasibility Study and Conceptual Design for Montpelier’s Confluence River Park. VRC will be accepting Proposals until 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 11th.  Please contact Richarda Ericson at richarda@vermontriverconservancy with questions. Questions will be accepted until Friday, October 5th. The RFP can be found here:

VRC RFP Confluence River Park

Welcome to our new Board Member, Matisse!

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

This spring, the Board at Vermont River Conservancy were pleased to welcome a new member to our team, Matisse Bustos Hawkes!

Matisse shared her interest in serving on our Board and her love for Vermont and its waters with us:

I grew up in Southern California and my family’s frequent visits to our public beaches were a formative part of my childhood. In my college years and well into adulthood I lived in New York City, surrounded by water that was intrinsic to the city’s identity, vital to its economy, and polluted to the point of being a punchline to frequent jokes. When I moved to Vermont about 6 years ago with my husband and young son- it was the first time I had ever lived more than a 30 minute drive from an ocean. I gravitated to the Wrightsville Reservoir, Lake Elmore, Lake Caspian and swimming holes in Central Vermont that provided me with the connection and accessibility to water that feels fundamental to my existence.

 

In my time in Vermont, I’ve also learned a bit about the human impact on our water bodies, like the blue algae blooms that prevent swimming each summer in Lake Champlain, and the threats to habitat in various locations due to development. I have a lot to learn about best practices for conservation and public access to natural resources, but I believe my life-long appreciation for the recreational and life-sustaining properties of public waters would be a great entree to building a relationship with VRC.

 

I hold a B.A. in History and Latin American Studies from NYU and I have worked in nonprofits for almost my entire professional career. For the last 14 years, I have worked at the New York City-based international human rights organization WITNESS whose mission is to make it possible for anyone, anywhere to use video and technology to protect and defend human rights. Currently, I serve as the Associate Director of Communications and Engagement. Again, I would be very interested to learn how I can put my skills and experience to work for my adopted home state and the natural resources I hope that my children and theirs will safeguard and be able to enjoy for many years to come.

River Gala Tickets On Sale Now!

Monday, July 30th, 2018

We are excited to invite you to the Vermont River Conservancy’s second annual River Gala!  Tickets are on sale now at Seven Days!  Join us on Saturday, August 25th, 5-8pm for good conversations, delicious food from Bon Temps and Vermont Creamery, and a beautiful evening at the Knoll Farm in Waitsfield, Vt.

Get out of your swim suits and pull on your fancy duds for this fundraising celebration of Vermont Rivers and the work the Vermont River Conservancy and others are doing statewide to protect them.  Remember that the gala sold out last year, so get your tickets early!  We look forward to spending our evening with you.

Save the Date for VRC’s 2nd Annual River Gala!

Friday, June 29th, 2018

Please save the date for the Vermont River Conservancy’s 2nd Annual River Gala!

Take in the beautiful scenery at Knoll Farm and celebrate Vermont rivers and the work the Vermont River Conservancy and others are doing statewide to protect them. This year will feature the delicious food of Bon Temps Gourmet, and different cheeses from the unique and tasty Vermont Creamery. Tickets will go on sale soon! Last year this event SOLD OUT, so we hope you will get your tickets early for this year’s River Gala. We look forward to seeing you there!

VRC Welcomes Summer Stewardship Intern

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

VRC is happy to welcome Summer Stewardship Intern Eva Ryan to join the team and help monitor our protected sites during the summer months of 2018. Prior to working toward her Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School, Eva received her BA from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, in Environmental Policy, Institutions and Behavior. The areas of study in which Eva is passionate about are the issues surrounding water quality and quantity and how these issues intersect with agriculture, food systems and their social and economic impacts. Eva currently lives in South Royalton, and in her free time enjoys being outdoors hiking and swimming with her pup Loki, or working in her garden.

VRC Receives EPA Grant to Restore Floodplain

Friday, April 27th, 2018

VRC is in line to receive a $200,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Program to restore a 12-acre parcel along the Whetstone Brook in Brattleboro to a functioning floodplain. “Removing contaminated soils from the “Sawdust Alley” property in downtown Brattleboro is a crucial first step in the restoration of a 12-acre flood plain on Whetstone Brook that will alleviate flood damage to downstream properties,” said Steve Libby, Executive Director of the Vermont River Conservancy. Read more here.

VRC Works With Partners to Protect Land Along the White River

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Below is an excerpt from an original blog post by the White River Partnership found here

The Vermont River Conservancy recently partnered with the White River Partnership (WRP), Vermont River Management Program, and 4 private landowners to conserve 41 acres of floodplain along the White River in Hancock and Stockbridge.

The 14.2-acre Hancock project site is located just upstream of Hancock village, and just downstream of a 15.4-acre floodplain conserved in 2016.  Tropical Storm Irene flood waters washed across and deposited large amounts of sediment on these hay fields, highlighting the need to protect the fields for floodplain function.  In sum the 2 Hancock project sites protect active floodplain along 3,300 feet of the White River.

The 26.8-acre Stockbridge project site is located just upstream of Gaysville village and, unlike the Hancock project site, sits 30 feet above the White River.  Instead of water spreading out across the fields, flooding from Tropical Storm Irene scoured 138,000 cubic yards of material from the parcel’s streambanks.  This catastrophic erosion highlighted the parcel’s vulnerability and the need to protect it from future development.

The floodplain conservation projects prohibit future development and compensate the landowners for flood-related property loss.  Allowing the river to reconnect to these critical floodplains will reduce the speed and erosive power of flood waters before they reach the Hancock and Gaysville villages.

The WRP received a Vermont Ecosystem Restoration Program (ERP) grant to work with VRC on acquiring the permanent conservation easement.

 

Help us protect Huntington Gorge today!

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Vermont River Conservancy and the Richmond Land Trust have a rare opportunity to conserve the historic and scenic Huntington Gorge.  These special 3.3 acres include a spectacular river gorge and waterfall formed by a narrow gap in the bedrock schist underlying the Huntington River as it flows toward its confluence with the Winooski River. Over time, flowing water has sculpted the rock walls into dramatic chutes and bowls which create stunning cascades, particularly during periods of high water. The Gorge has been a home to over a century of mills, and is a popular destination for generations of Richmond residents and visitors.

Respecting the power and beauty of Huntington Gorge is vital for visitor safety and enjoyment.  Together, with your help, Vermont River Conservancy and the Richmond Land Trust plan to improve signage and trails, maintain the current uses of the site, and manage the site in conjunction with the Lower Huntington Gorge Preserve ½ mile downstream, conserved by Richmond Land Trust in 1995.

photo credit: Lou Borie

With your support, we can ensure Huntington Gorge is well managed with signage, safe trails, and sufficient parking for visitors to safely enjoy it.  With major funding from Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and the Town of Richmond Conservation Fund secured, help us close the gap.  You can help us preserve and manage this Vermont treasure by giving a donation today!

Huntington Gorge takes my breath away every time I visit. I’m glad it can be permanently protected and managed so future generations can enjoy its beauty like I have.”

                   ~ Patty Brushett, Richmond Resident

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