The next MRBA Board Meeting will be held Thursday, 5-7-15 at 7 p.m. in Richford, site TBA, please email Alisha for location update firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
We visited the fifth and sixth graders at Sheldon Elementary School today to present on water quality challenges in the Missisquoi River watershed. It is fascinating to think that only 1 percent of all water is available for human consumption. It is clear that we need to take care of the limited resources that we have.