Happy Fish and Flood Resilience Go Together!

Many culverts are barriers to fish passage, causing fragmented habitat and isolated populations.  We replaced a failing culvert on Crossett Brook, opening up three miles of fish habitat and improving flood resilience. Check out the before and after!


Onion River Race and Ramble!

The 2016 Onion River Race and Ramble will be held on Sunday June 5th.  Come join friends and neighbors and to enjoy a paddle along the Winooski River between Bolton and Richmond. It promises to be a day of excitement, camaraderie, and fun! Proceeds from the race will support river restoration initiatives in the watershed.

The Race and Ramble has a paddling class for everyone!  Want to paddle but not race? Be a Rambler.  Want to paddle as a family?  Sign up for the Youth/Family class.  Want to race but don't have a long or fancy boat?  Join one of the Recreational classes.  And of course, there are classes for the fast and furious!  We also have an option to compete as a 2 to 4 person team.  Check out the class descriptions here.

Visit our race page for more information and to register. Be sure to also check out our facebook page for race updates.


Featured Project: Bioretention

In the summer 2015, the Friends, in partnership with the Town of Williston and funding from the Lake Champlain Basin Program, installed a bioretention facility in the  Palmer Court neighborhood in Williston.  This neighborhood was built in the 1960s and therefore predates mandated stormwater controls.  The cul-de-sac at the end of Palmer Court receives runoff from approximately ¾ acre, over half of which is impervious surface.  The Williston Town-wide Watershed Improvement Plan identified the installation of a bioretention area in the cul-de-sac as a high priority project.  The bioretention area will capture 200 pounds of sediment and one pound of phosphorus per year. 

If you are interested in learning more about stormwater and its impacts, please visit our Stormwater page.  To learn more about this project, please email the Friends or call 882-8276.

Looking forward to 2016!

The Friends have big plans for 2016!  Projects include:

  • Constructing stormwater mitigation practices at the Cabot School and on private properties in Barre
  • Completing stormwater master plans for the Smilie School, the Huntington Town Garage and two drainages in Barre Town and Barre City
  • Planting 2000+ trees and shrubs along the Winooski and its tributaries
  • Providing education and technical assistance to private road owners on how to reduce erosion and runoff
  • Completing the design for floodplain restoration along the Dog River in Northfield
  • Purchasing a river flume and developing an educational program for it
  • and more including the Onion River Race and Ramble on June 5th!

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