On August 21st, at the Association of Clean Water Administrators’ Annual Meeting in Burlington, Governor Phil Scott will issue a proclamation declaring Clean Water Week for the State of Vermont.
During Clean Water Week, the state and its partners will celebrate the many efforts, investments and initiatives undertaken by Vermont businesses, farms, municipalities and organizations that help keep our rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, and wetlands clean. The week-long event can provide an opportunity to highlight how the Connecticut River Joint Commissions are already engaged in the protection of Vermont’s waters (as well as New Hampshire’s!)
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Removing Deadbeat Dams – Restoring our Rivers & our Communities
The Connecticut River Joint Commissions (CRJC) will meet on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the West Windsor Town Hall (aka Story Memorial Hall), 22 Hartland-Brownsville Road, West Windsor, VT 05089. All members of the public are invited to attend.
The meeting will feature a presentation about current and future dam removal projects in NH and VT; inform about who is doing them and why; and what benefits we all get from these river restoration activities. Presenters Ron Rhodes, River Steward with the Connecticut River Conservancy and Brian Fitzgerald, Dam Project Coordinator at the Vermont Natural Resources Council will share their experiences working on several Vermont river dam removal and restoration projects and the benefits to the watershed and habitat that follow.
New Hampshire’s Connecticut River Valley Resource Commission, created by the legislature in 1987, and Vermont’s Connecticut River Watershed Advisory Commission, similarly created in 1988, was directed to cooperate with each other to preserve and protect the resources of the Connecticut River Valley, and to guide its growth and development. They have met together as the Joint Commissions since 1989.
Both Commissions are advisory and focus on advocacy and education to ensure public involvement in decisions which affect their river and their valley.For more information about CRJC, please visit the website at http://www.crjc.org.
Directions: West Windsor Town Hall (aka Story Memorial Hall), 22 Hartland-Brownsville Road, West Windsor, VT 05089. It is located at the intersection of VT Route 44 and the Hartland-Brownsville Road. Take Interstate 91 in Vermont to Exit 9 if coming the north or Exit 8 if coming from the south.
Ron Rhodes joined CRC in 2011 as one of our River Stewards. He spends most of his time removing old dams, planting trees and working with our partners in NH & VT, an area he knows well from his years as a licensed NH fishing guide and his decade of service on the boards of the Greater Upper Valley chapter of Trout Unlimited and the White River Partnership. Ron also taught the Fly Fishing class at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. Ron is a graduate of Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH where he majored in Political Science and Economics. Prior to moving to the Upper Valley, where he lives with his wife Betsy and their bird dog Kaylea. Ron worked in politics and government in Washington D.C. and Ohio.
Brian Fitzgerald(B.T.) is the Dam Project Coordinator & Vermont Dam Task Force Coordinator for Vermont Natural Resources Council, a position he has held since 2014. For seventeen years prior to VNRC, he worked in and later led the Streamflow Protection Program at the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, where his responsibilities included regulation of hydroelectric projects and water withdrawals, environmental review of dam projects and dam removal. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in biology and ecology from the State University of New York – College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring mountains and wild places on foot and by boat, birding, and reading about rivers and history.
Kari Dolan, Manager of the Vermont Clean Water Initiative Program, will be joining us to provide an update on her work. Please feel free to extend an invitation to your town’s conservation commissions as well.
We have been kindly offered the use of the visitors center at Vermont Yankee by our Walpole representative. Directions are below. Kari Dolan, Manager of the Vermont Clean Water Initiative Program, will be joining us to provide an update on her work. Please feel free to extend an invitation to your town’s conservation commissions as well.
From I-91 take exit 1 in Brattleboro. If coming from the north, take a left off the exit ramp and go to the first traffic light. Turn right onto Fairground Rd and go past the Brattleboro Union High School and town garage to stop sign. Turn left at stop sign and proceed to next stop. Turn right onto Cotton Mill Hill. Take this to the stop sign and turn right onto Route 142 South. Stay on Route 142 South for approximately 6 miles. You will see Vermont Yankee as you come into town. As soon as you cross a set of RR tracks, turn left onto Governor Hunt Road. Stay on Governor Hunt Road past the town offices on your right then the Vernon elementary school on your right. Shortly after you pass the school, the Governor Hunt House will be on your left as is the entrance to the Plant. Turn left toward the plant entrance and then take your first left into the Governor Hunt House parking lot. Do not drive through the gate at the entrance.