Ruane River Corridor

Name of Project:  Ruane River Corridor Easement

Location:  Clarendon, VT

River: Cold River

Type of Project: River Corridor Easement

Public Access: No

Date Completed: February 2020

Size: 6.8 acres

Water Frontage:   900 feet

Landowner: Mary Ruane

Funding Partners:  Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Clean Water Fund

Property Description:  The Ruane parcel is located on the north side of the Cold River upstream of the Middle Road bridge. The property is a flat wooded floodplain with a stand of white pine in the central portion. The parcel is heavily infested with Japanese knotweed. Several abandoned stream channels run through the property. The northern boundary is a river terrace that rises about 6 feet above the floodplain level.

Project Background: The Cold River is a flashy stream that is accumulating rocks and cobbles in its channel as it begins to flatten out before joining Otter Creek. Together with the neighboring Duncan parcel, this area historically experienced frequent channel migration across a flood plain bounded by a river terrace to the north. A rock berm was constructed along the river bank to try to constrain the river to its current channel. Partly due to loss of floodplain function, the Middle Road bridge downstream from this parcel experienced significant flood damage during Tropical Storm Irene. The restoration plan calls for removing the berm to restore floodplain access.

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