Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Designation Celebration

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On Saturday, June 6, 2015 national, regional, state, and local officials will come together with local community members to celebrate the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers as Vermont’s first rivers to be added to the prestigious national Wild and Scenic River network.  The event coincides with National Trails Day, and the Northern Forest Canoe Trail’s 15th Anniversary and will include over 25 exhibits highlighting the unique natural resources, cultural, scenic and recreational attributes of these Vermont rivers.  The ceremony is a collaboration between the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Committee, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, the Missisquoi River Basin Association, and the Northwest Regional Planning Commission of Vermont.  Between 11:30-1:30 there will be live music, and complimentary Vermont food and beverages at the Abbey 6212 VT-105 Enosburg Falls, VT.  For more information, please visit www.CelebrateTheMissisquoi.com or contact Rob Center, Event Director, at Rob@NorthernForestCanoeTrail.org

Volunteer to Plant Trees!

MRBA MEMEHelp us stabilize an eroding streambank in Bakersfield! We’ll be planting bare-root saplings and live willow stakes at the Lamonda property at 645 King Road, Bakersfield, VT. This volunteer workday is a continuation of a project started last fall. Come enjoy the spring weather (finally!) and get your hands dirty for clean water!

Saturday May 9th, 2015 – meet at 9 a.m.

Meet at:

Lamonda property – Bakersfield, at the Junctions of State Rte 108, Boston Post Road, and King Road, the first house on the right going up King road from State Rte 108. Look for our sign!

Bring your own refreshments and, if possible, a shovel and bucket. Waterproof footwear and gloves are recommended. No experience necessary. Email: mrba@pshift.com if you plan to attend.

 

 

 

Water Sampling

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Throughout the summer, we sample phosphorus, nitrogen, and turbidity at over twenty sites throughout the Missisquoi basin. We have been taking water samples for over nine years to discern trends in water quality. This has been an essential program for developing and maintaining best practices for habitat and stream restoration and stabilization. To learn more, visit our water sampling page by clicking here.

Tree Planting Mapping

We are happy to now have a map of our tree planting up for everyone to see. There are over 40 sites that have been planted with trees to help stop streambank erosion and provide habitat for animals. The number of trees planted at each site ranges from 40 to 700. Without these plantings, vital water supplies would be more polluted and aquatic species, such as the brook trout, would suffer.

Policy Development

We’re excited by the new possibilities for improving water quality presented in the 2014 farm bill. In particular, we have been looking into the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which will fund innovative projects that involve a range of stakeholders.