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VRC Welcomes New Board Member

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

Vermont River Conservancy is pleased to welcome Kyle Landis-Marinello to our Board of Directors.  A native Vermonter, Kyle began kayaking when he was ten. He loves every day he gets to be in a boat, whether it’s on a lake or in whitewater. In high school and college, most of Kyle’s life revolved around training for whitewater slalom competitions. He was a member of the U.S. Canoe/Kayak Whitewater Slalom Team and competed in the World Cup circuit in 2001. Kyle also ran lots of Class V rivers and waterfalls when he was too young to know better, and now tries to dial it back a notch and stick to the relatively safer runs that, thankfully, are abundant in Vermont.

Kyle has a Master’s degree in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School, as well as a J.D. from Michigan Law School, and has practiced environmental law for over 10 years. Kyle lives in Middlesex with his wife, three kids, and a dog. He hangs onto old kayaks well past their prime, and he won’t tell you exactly how many boats he has, but let’s just say it’s in the double digits.

Confluence River Park Public Feedback

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Public feedback on the Confluence River Park
Gathered through public meetings on 11/8/18 (as part of the Conservation Commission Meeting), 11/13/18 (as part of the Parks Commission Meeting), and 12/4/18 at the Senior Center.
*The following are all comments, sometimes summarized and sometimes direct statements, from the public offered during the several public meetings on the Confluence River Park. If you have comments to add, please email Richarda Ericson at richarda@vermontriverconservancy.org. Additionally, if you missed the public meetings, you can watch the one from December 4th at the Senior Center here.

General Size/Space
• Too small (several comments)
• Extend to East side

Access
• Easy access down to the river (North Branch) and the water for wading, boating
• Bike path access and integration with the bike path
• Boat access is a good idea, but don’t use up too much space with this
• Boat launch
• Accessible for a variety of abilities
• Consider how (from where) people will access the park
• Multiple use access (boating, fishing, etc.)

Ritual/Spiritual
• Include a ritual performance circle for Native American & Druid ritual and performance (dance, drama)
• A circle surrounded by trees or standing stone (like ritual circle in South Burlington on the lake front)
• Labyrinth
• Standing stone circle as a central feature, like Burlington Earth Clock

Viewscape/Visual
• Visual downriver, and also of Capitol dome if possible
• Connectivity to rest of city
• Connectivity with rest of city parks (similar design language); not seen as an island park
• Connectivity along the North Branch
• Consider beautifying Shaw’s
• Art – some kind of public art there
• Important to see river from a variety of angles

Landscaping
• Sitting area – with shade and trees
• I would hope the parks has trees and vegetation to offset all the buildings nearby (lots of comments are about vegetation)
• Make things of stone so they can withstand flooding
• Places to sit are very important (several comments as such)
• Would be nice if there were different levels of seating (closer to river, higher up, etc)
• Trees, picnic tables, gazebo
• Big trees
• Places for kids to play
• Year-round usability
• Consider larger context to Montpelier & beyond
• Consider some way to address the fact that the bike path bisects the park

Recreation
• Whitewater contest
• Easier access for fishing

Environment
• Anything that would improve water quality
• Stormwater management

Other
• Interpretive signage
• Incorporate history of rivers, history of city
• Places to lock bikes/ bike racks

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.

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