Broad Brook River Access

Broad Brook River Access

 

Name of Project: Broad Brook River Access

Location: Sharon, VT

River: White River & Broad Brook

Type of Project: Public Access

Public Access: Yes

Date Completed: September 2016

Size: 10.1 acres

Water Frontage:  1,668 ft along the White River, and 244 ft along Broad Brook

Landowner: Town of Sharon

Funding Partners: White River Partnership, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, the Davis Foundation and generous local donors.

Property Description:  The parcel contains about 10.1 acres of land on the southerly shore of the Lower White River in Sharon, Vermont, with about 1,668 feet of frontage along the White River, and about 244 feet of frontage along Broad Brook. The shoreline is buffered with mature floodplain trees and vegetation that reduces erosion and sedimentation and filters runoff. The land adjacent to Broad Brook and the section of floodplain on the eastern end of the parcel are mapped as 100-year floodplain and provide important flood mitigation and sediment attenuation during major flood events. Additionally, the landscape provides a mix of upland, shoreland, wetland, and riverine habitats for plants and wildlife.

Project Background:  Anglers and boaters have used this land to access the White River for generations. The property was put on the market in 2015 as a residential building lot with the likely outcome that, if developed, public access would be lost. The Vermont River Conservancy purchased the land, and with the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, placed a conservation and public access easement on the parcel. VRC conveyed ownership to the Town of Sharon, and it will be accessible for generations to come.

The primary purpose of the easement is to protect the public right to access the waters of the White River and Broad Brook for angling, boating, swimming, and serenity. The land will become another of a series of public access points on the White River Paddlers’ Trail with sites arrayed from the headwaters in Granville to its confluence with the Connecticut River at White River Junction. The easement also includes conservation restrictions to protect the river shore and forested riparian buffer, riparian habitat, and water quality enhancement.

Directions:

The property is located on River Road, in Sharon, Vermont. Take I-89 Exit 2 for VT-132 toward VT-14/Sharon/S. Royalton. Turn left onto VT-132 West. After 0.2 miles, turn right onto VT-14 North. After 0.3 miles, turn left onto River Road. Turn right after the bridge to stay on River Road. After one mile, the parcel will be on the right. A parking pull-off is located just beyond the Broad Brook Cemetery.

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