Onion River Race and Ramble!!

The 2nd Annual Onion River Race and Ramble has been scheduled for Saturday, June 6th. Please join us on a ten mile tour through a scenic cut in the Green Mountains! You don't need to be a serious racer to participate.

It promises to be a day of excitement, camaraderie, food, and fun, for both the experienced racer and the casual paddler alike. A post paddle lunch will be provided.

You can register as an individual or tandem or get a group of four together from your work place, school or any organization and participate as a Community Team.

Proceeds from the race will support projects to improve public access and riparian land restoration in the watershed.

If you don't feel like paddling, we need plenty of volunteer help with registration, time keeping, the post race event and general herding of paddlers.  If you are an experienced paddler, we could use your help on the water as a safety boater.

Find out all of the details at the race website

Workshops and Events

Check our Events page for further detail on all of these workshops.   

Managing Private Roads to Reduce Cost and Water Quality Impacts:  Vermont has many miles of dirt roads, public and private, that wind their way along waterways, which have an adverse impact on our lakes and streams. On April 29th at 6:00 PM at the Worcester Town Hall, you can learn what you can do to protect  water resources and save money by reducing runoff and erosion from your driveway or private road.

Reducing Stormwater Runoff from Your Property: Stormwater runoff is rain or snow melt that does not soak into the ground. Stormwater is a problem for two reasons. Rapid runoff causes localized flooding and erodes and destabilizes stream channels.  It carries pollutants to the streams. Learn what you can do more at this workshop on May 18th in Bolton.

Build Your Own Rain Barrel: On June 1 at 6:00 at the Monitor Barn in Richmond, there will be a 'build your own barrel' demonstration along with discussion about other ways you can control stormwater on your property. Please check out the event page for registration details.

Willow WorkshopLearn how you can use willows to prevent erosion and improve wildlife habitat.  May 2 in Northfield

Invasive Management Workshop: Learn how to manage invasive species on your property May 9 in Charlotte.  Offered by the Nature Conservancy.


Spring Volunteer Opportunities

As usual, the Friends have long list of events, workshop and volunteer opportunities this spring.

Riparian Restoration: We will be planting approximately 2400 trees and shrubs along the Winooski River or its tributaries.  Woody vegetation has many benefits. Woody vegetation with deep roots helps to hold soil in place and reduce erosion. Overhanging riparian vegetation keeps streams cool, this is especially important for trout populations. Riparian vegetation slows floodwaters, thereby helping to maintain stable streambanks and protect downstream property.  The riparian zone also traps sediment that would other otherwise degrade streams and rivers.

Check out our Events page for where, when and how to volunteer.

Water Quality Monitoring: The Friends organize and manage three volunteer monitoring programs throughout the watershed.  Check out ourWater Quality Monitoring page to find more about these programs including results and how to volunteer. 

Living in Harmony with Streams: A Citizen's Handbook to How Streams Work

The Friends are extremely excited about our most recent publication: Living in Harmony with Streams: A Citizen's Handbook to How Streams Work.  In the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, there were lots of questions about how to manage our streams.  Should we dredge?  Should we armor the banks?  How do dredging and armoring banks impact the aquatic life?  How do they impact downstream communities? This handbook describes the natural processes of streams and how human development and actions impact those processes.  It also describes the Vermont Rivers Program, stream geomorphic assessment and corridor planning.  After you have read through the handbook,  visit theVermont River Management pageto find many more resources including a list of completed corridor plans.  

You can also view a short presentation on the guide here. This presentation was created from the guide with funding from the Lake Champlain Basin Program.