About a week ago I went down to check out a section of the project work done back in 2011 and 2012 some distance downstream of the Eagleville Covered Bridge in Shushan, NY. It was a beautiful walk and I found our structures intact and working well.
Last summer the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department removed the dam at Dufresne Pond on the East Branch of the Batten Kill in Manchester, VT.
The structure was owned by the state. It was in poor condition, creating a safety hazard, and repairing it would have cost a great deal of money. The
removal eliminated a barrier to fish passage and passage by other aquatic organisms. But it also took away a pond that was highly valued by neighbors.
The Agricultural Stewardship Association will be presenting a free program about "Agroforestry Strategies for Riverlands and Beyond".
Wenesday, May 7th, 2014, 6:30 to 8 pm
Proudfit Community Room, Bancroft Public Library
181 South Main Street, Salem, NY.
Below please find the memo that I gave to the Vermont House Fish & Wildlife Committee to explain my bill H.814. I am offering them one of the many ways in which large wood in streams can plan a beneficial habitat role --- in this case possibly leading to cleaner water.
Rep. David Deen has written a opinion piece about how we can prevent "endocrine disrupters" from entering our surface water systems. He is the chair of the Vermont House Fish & Wildlife Committee.
I have introduced a bill to the Vermont House of Representatives that would require a pilot project to see if increasing the population of aquatic insects would help to lessen the excess nutrients flowing into Lake Champlain.
BKWA has been supporting an effort to provide a coordinator to enhance, improve, and increase the effectiveness of Vermont's watershed groups. The Vermont River Conservancy has spearheaded the effort. Here is a good news announcement about the new coordinator. More about VRC at www.vermontriverconservancy.org .
Alliance Board member Stan Duncan of Ballston Lake has passed away after struggling with an illness for some time.
As planning for next summer's work goes forward it is with great satisfaction that I can tell all the Batten Kill lovers out there of the continuing support that our work has received.
The Alliance has received a Vermont Ecosystem Restoration Grant to stabilize two eroding banks below along Mill Brook in Rupert. The approaches taken will include extensive planting of trees and bushes, log stabilization structures at the foot of the bank, and improving flood plain access.