The Nops help conserve the Neshobe

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Warren, William and John Nop jointly run a large dairy farm in Addison and Rutland counties.  And they are helping protect the Neshobe River’s natural meandering and flooding processes while protecting downstream infrastructure.  This March, the Nop Brothers permanently conserved portions of the Neshobe.

Extensively flooded during tropical storm Irene, the Nop brothers found some of their crop fields almost impossible to keep farming.  As this photo shows, the Neshobe created large flood chutes to release its energy after descending the steep slopes of the Greens and entering the low gradient river valley.  Located adjacent to the Dilts property, also conserved by VRC – these two conserved parcels will help ensure the Neshobe has open land to flood so the river’s energy can dissipate before entering the downstream village of Brandon.

Funded by the  VT Agency of Natural Resources Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program

 

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