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Coming Events

2014


Spring Tree Planting

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to plant trees and willows for stream-bank stabilization*

    Saturday May 17th, 2014 - meet at 9 a.m.

    Meet at: Intersection of Rt. 105 and State Park Road - Sheldon, park in lot across from Amerigas.

    This is a continuation of the site planting that we started last weekend - this portion of the site is further up State Park Road and is not directly on Route 105 - should be a much safer site!

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

    *Nearly 40% of the phosphorus load within the Missisquoi Bay is attributed to stream bank erosion. This is something YOU can do to help. (Missisquoi Bay Basin Plan - State of Vermont, 2013)


    Public Forum

    Monday, March 24, 2014 at 5:30 pm.
    Swanton Municipal Complex, 120 First Street, Route 78, Swanton 05488

    Join us for the Missisquoi River Public Caucus on Monday, March 24, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Swanton Municipal Complex. This beautiful river is seriously impaired and the Missisquoi River Basin Association, the Franklin Watershed Committee and the Friends of Northern Lake Champlain are organizing a public meeting to better understand the data and problems facing this significant natural resource in our region.

    Here is a link to a pdf file of the power point presentation of the MRBA Water Quality Sampling Report with some of the data from the volunteer water sampling program, and some of the conclusions from the March 24 event.

    Agenda

    • Welcome and Introduction of the Project
    • Review of 2011 Critical Source Area Study conducted by Stone Environmental and Lake Champlain Basin Program
    • Missisquoi River Monitoring Data
    • Taken together - what the data is telling us
    • Using the information to implement changes and restore the river - past, present, future!
    • Ask the experts - Q&A

    Snacks, coffee and beverages will be provided!

    Please contact Alisha Sawyer from MRBA and FWC at alisha.sawyer@gmail.com or Denise Smith from FNLC at denisefnlc@gmail.com if you have any questions about the meeting or are unable to attend and would like to hear more!

    All are welcome; free admission. We look forward to seeing you on the 24th!



    Past Events


    2013


    Spring Tree Planting

    Saturday, May 11, 9 am – 1 pm in Enosburg

    Saturday, May 18, 9 am – 1 pm in Lowell

    Volunteers are needed to plant trees for streambank stabilization and water quality improvement. No experience is required. Any number of hours that you can spare would be a great help. Bring your own refreshments and, if possible, a shovel and a bucket. Waterproof footwear is recommended. Call 933-9009 or e-mail mrba@pshift.com to volunteer and receive directions to site.


    River Clean-up

    Richford, VT

    Saturday, June 15, 2013, 2-5 pm

    Volunteers needed to clean up the Missisquoi River from Richford (Davis Park on River St.) to East Berkshire. Participants should bring their own canoe/kayak/paddles (if possible), PFD, and refreshments. Contact MRBA at (802) 933-9009 or mrba@pshift.com to volunteer and for directions to meeting place. This is a joint outing organized by MRBA and the Richford Conservation Commission.


    Press Release

    East Berkshire, VT

    In its recent round of Ecosystem Restoration Program grant funding, the VT Department of Environmental Conservation's Agency of Natural Resources awarded the Missisquoi River Basin Association (MRBA) $39,300 to implement a Trees for Streams project during 2013 and 2014 in the Missisquoi Bay watershed.

    The purpose of Trees for Streams is to increase and enhance riparian buffers along the Missisquoi River and its tributaries, serving the dual purpose of protecting water quality and supporting MRBA's goal of "restoring and maintaining the ecological integrity of the Missisquoi River system so that the uses and values desired by the community are supported by the river and quality of its water".

    MRBA will use existing studies, data, assessments, maps and stream corridor plans to identify potential parcels in the watershed that might benefit from streambank stabilization efforts. Interested landowners are invited to participate in the program, which is voluntary, to have MRBA volunteers plant trees in buffer areas along streambanks.

    The Missisquoi River Basin Association is a non-profit volunteer-based organization which has been working since 1997 to improve water quality in the Missisquoi watershed, particularly through the reduction of phosphorus inputs into the river and its tributaries.

    For more information on MRBA's Trees for Streams program, contact MRBA at mrba@pshift.com or call 802 933-9009.

    Cynthia Scott - January 21, 2013


    Public Forum

    Monday, March 18, 2013 at 7 pm.
    Richford Town Hall, Main Street, Richford

    MRBA will hold its annual public forum on Monday, March 18 at 7 pm. in Richford. The results of our 2012 water sampling program will be presented by Shana Stewart Deeds and Jeremy Deeds. As well, underwater video footage of the Trout River by Ben Maddox will be shown.

    Many thanks to the Vermont Community Foundation, the LaRosa lab, and to all our volunteers for making our 2012 water sampling program possible.

    All are welcome; free admission. For more information, call 933-9009 or e-mail mrba@pshift.com


    Annual Meeting

    Highgate, VT

    MRBA will hold its Annual Meeting and monthly business meeting at 7 PM on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at Highgate Elementary School on Route 207/Gore Rd. in Highgate Center. This meeting is open to the public. For more information contact MRBA at 933-9009 or mrba@pshift.com.


    Spring Tree Planting

    Saturday, April 13, 9 am – 1 pm. in Fairfield

    Saturday, April 20, 9 am – 1 pm. in Westfield

    Volunteers are needed to plant trees for streambank stabilization and water quality improvement. No experience is required. Any number of hours that you can spare would be a great help. Bring your own refreshments and, if possible, a shovel and a bucket. Waterproof footwear is recommended. Call 933-9009 or e-mail mrba@pshift.com to volunteer and receive directions to site.


    2012


    Public Meeting Notice: Missisquoi Bay Watershed (Basin 6) Water Quality Management Plan

    A series of public meetings will be held in January to gather comments on the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources’ Draft Basin 6 Water Quality Management Plan covering the Missisquoi Bay watershed. The public is invited to attend the meetings, hear a presentation on the plan and offer their comments and suggestions.

    Dates and location of the public meetings follow:

    Thursday, January 3, 2013
    12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
    North Troy Village office
    160 Railroad Street
    North Troy, Vermont

    Thursday, January 3, 2013
    4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
    Enosburg Emergency Services Building
    83 Samsonville Road
    Enosburg Falls, Vermont

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013
    7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Swanton Emergency Services Building
    120 First Street
    Swanton, Vermont

    The Basin 6 basin water quality management plan provides an overview of the health of the basin, a description of the priority future, and ongoing steps to restore and protect its surface waters. With the purpose of improving both water quality and aquatic habitat, this plan presents the recommendations of local watershed residents, stakeholders from varying interests, the Agency of Natural Resources and natural resource professionals from other state and federal agencies to guide protection and improvement efforts in this basin for the next five years. The central component of this water quality management plan is the implementation table, which includes specific actions to address these threats to surface waters in the basin.

    Basin 6 includes all the waters in Vermont that flow to the Missiquoi Bay including the Missisquoi, Pike and Rock Rivers. Waters in this basin support many uses including swimming, boating and fishing in its extensive rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, and wetlands. Impairments and threats to these uses include: sedimentation/siltation/turbidity, habitat alterations, nutrients, thermal modifications, flow alterations and metals as well as physical instability and river corridor encroachment.The priority actions in this management plan are to:

    • Implement projects to meet the phosphorus reduction targets for Lake Champlain and Lake Carmi, and to meet the bacteria reduction targets for Berry, Godin and Samsonvillle Brooks.
    • Investigate the removal of the Swanton Dam.
    • Augment stormwater system mapping and address 13 suspected illicit discharges identified in the towns of Enosburg Falls, North Troy, Richford, and Swanton.
    • Support stormwater master planning and plan implementation in Swanton, Highgate, Enosburg Village and Falls, and Richford.
    • Assist road town foremen with the identification and remediation of erosion from town roads by promoting Better Backroads inventories and projects in Lowell, Albany, Troy, Jay, Westfield, Berkshire, and Highgate.
    • Work with towns, VTrans and private landowners to use the existing culvert assessments to identify appropriate replacement size and placement to improve fish passage and the geomorphic stability of the stream.
    • Use the Critical Source Area study (Stone Environmental, Inc., 2011) to direct technical and financial agricultural resources to identified critical sources.
    • Work with towns to protect river corridors and promote flood resiliency by establishing Fluvial Erosion Hazard zones and buffer zones in local zoning.
    • Identify wetlands on agricultural lands for phosphorus retention, and in the river corridor for sediment attenuation, and then prioritize and conserve and/or restore.
    • Encourage use of the basin’s rivers and lakes to increase people’s appreciation of the water resources.
    • Assist the towns to address specific wastewater treatment infrastructure upgrade needs identified in the Clean Water fund’s forthcoming Needs Survey.

    Copies of the plan may be obtained on-line at http://www.vtwaterquality.org/planning/htm/pl_missisquoi.htm. The public comment period runs until January 23, 2013. Comments received by this date will be addressed in a responsiveness summary.


    Knotweed Removal

    Sunday, September 23, 2012, 10 am – Noon

    River Walk Park, Route 118
    Montgomery Village, VT 05470

    Volunteers needed to help eradicate Japanese Knotweed, an invasive weed, from the Trout River basin. Bring clippers, shears or loppers if possible. No experience needed. Any amount of time you can spare would help us. This is the second year of a multi-year program aimed at eradicating Japanese Knotweed. A project of the Montgomery Conservation Commission and Missisquoi River Basin Association. Contact mrba@pshift.com, northwoodsforestry@gmail.com, (802) 933-9009 or (802) 326-2093 for more info and directions to meeting place.


    River Festival 2012

    Saturday, August 25, 2012 from 4-11 pm.

    Recreation field in Montgomery Center, on Route 118

    MRBA will hold its 3rd Annual River Festival on Saturday August 25 in Montgomery Center. There will be live music by the "Missisquoi River Band", "The Shady Trees" and "Don’t Call Betty." A beer tent will be hosted by The Belfry. There will be food, a portage race, and other activities. Admission is only $5. The River Festival is a benefit for the Missisquoi River Basin Association.

    Many thanks to the following sponsors for their support: The Abbey Group, Champlain Chevrolet, Concept 2 Rowing, Green's Ace Hardware, Hazen's Notch Association, Little Painters, Missisquoi Construction, Montgomery Properties, Outdoor Gear Exchange, Poulin Grain, TJ's Country Store, Vermont Farms & Homes Real Estate, Whitehead Electrical Services.

    Volunteers are needed to help staff this event!! Contact MRBA at (802) 933-9009 or mrba@pshift.com


    Missisquoi River Paddle

    Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 9 am.
    Highwater to Glen Sutton, Quebec

    Join us for a paddle on the Missisquoi River in Quebec on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 9 am. Bring your own canoe/kayak, PDF, and picnic lunch. Passports required! Call Cynthia at 933-9009 or mrba@pshift.com for directions to meeting place.




    Knotweed Removal

    Saturday, June 30, 2012, 10 am – Noon

    River Walk Park, Route 118
    Montgomery Village, VT 05470

    Volunteers needed to help eradicate Japanese Knotweed, an invasive weed, from the Trout River basin. Bring clippers, shears or loppers if possible. No experience needed. Any amount of time you can spare would help us. This is the second year of a multi-year program aimed at eradicating Japanese Knotweed. A project of the Montgomery Conservation Commission and Missisquoi River Basin Association. Contact mrba@pshift.com, northwoodsforestry@gmail.com, (802) 933-9009 or (802) 326-2093 for more info and directions to meeting place.


    River Clean-up

    Saturday, June 2, 2012, 9 am – 3 pm
    Postponed due to Inclement Weather

    Volunteers needed to clean up the Missisquoi River from E. Berkshire to Enosburg Falls. Participants should bring their own canoe/kayak/paddles (if possible), PDF, and picnic lunch. Contact Shana at 393-0076 or info@vtwsr.org to volunteer and for directions to meeting place. This is a joint outing organized by MRBA and the Wild & Scenic Rivers Study Committee.


    Spring Tree Planting

    • Saturday, April 14, 9 am – 1 pm in Highgate
    • Saturday, April 21, 9 am – 1 pm in South Franklin
    • Saturday, May  5,  9 am – 1 pm in Highgate

    Volunteers needed to plant trees for streambank stabilization and water quality improvement. No experience required. Any number of hours that you can spare would be a great help. Bring your own refreshments and, if possible, a shovel and bucket. Waterproof footwear recommended. Call 933-9009 or e-mail mrba@pshift.com to volunteer and receive directions to site.

    Organized by the Missisquoi River Basin Association with funding from a grant from the Vermont Community Foundation.


    Public Forum

    Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7 pm.

    Enosburg Emergency Services Building
    Route 105, Enosburg Falls (opposite McDonald's and Hannaford's)

    MRBA will hold its annual public forum on Thursday, March 29 at 7 pm. in Enosburg Falls. VT DEC Commissioner David Mears and Kari Dolan, Manager of VT DEC's Ecosystem Restoration Program will present the recently published report on "Identification of Critical Source Areas of Phosphorus within the Vermont Sector of the Missisquoi Bay Basin". All are welcome; free admission. For more information, call 933-9009 or e-mail mrba@pshift.com.


    Water Sampling Presentation

    Monday, March 5, 2012 at 7 pm.

    Enosburg Historical Society Museum
    Railroad Street, Enosburg Falls
    (former freight depot across from Green's Ace Hardware)

    MRBA will present the results of its 2011 water sampling program on Monday, March 5 at 7 pm. in Enosburg Falls. All welcome; free admission. For more information, call Mike Manahan 933-4446.


    MRBA Annual Meeting

    Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 7 pm.

    Enosburg High School
    Dickenson Avenue, Enosburg Falls

    The Missisquoi River Basin Association will hold its Annual Meeting to elect members and officers on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 7 pm. All are welcome. For more information, call 933-9009 or email: mrba@pshift.com.


    2011


    Public Forum

    Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 5 pm.

    Westfield Community Center
    110 North Hill Rd., Westfield (2 doors north of the Westfield General Store)

    MRBA will hold a public forum on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 5 pm. The public forum will take place at the Westfield Community Center at 110 North Hill Rd. in Westfield. Arrowwood Environmental will present findings of a geomorphic assessment of the Upper Missisquoi River (between Lowell and North Troy). All are welcome. For more information, call 933-9009 or e-mail mrba@pshift.com

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    Workdays

    Thursday, September 22 and Friday, September 23, 2011

    West Enosburg, Vermont

    Volunteers needed to install tree revetments for streambank stabilization along the Tyler Branch in West Enosburg on Thursday, September 22, and Friday, September 23 if the task doesn't get completed on Thursday. This involves cabling cut trees into the toe of the river bank. Time and meeting place to be confirmed. Contact MRBA at 933-9009, mrba@pshift.com, or Brian Jerose at 933-8336, jerose@together.net. Any number of volunteer hours you can give would be appreciated! No experience necessary.

    Knotweed Removal

    Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, 10 am – noon
    River Walk Park, Route 118, Montgomery

    Volunteers needed to help eradicate Japanese knotweed, an invasive species, from the Trout River basin. Please bring clippers, shears, or loppers if possible. This is a joint project between MRBA and the Montgomery Conservation Commission. Call 933-9009 or 326-2093, or e-mail mrba@pshift.com or northwoodsforestry@gmail.com to volunteer and receive directions to site.

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    River Festival 2011

    Saturday, August 27, 2011 from 4 – 11 pm.

    Recreation field in Montgomery Center, on Route 118.

    Live Music by the Missisquoi River Band, Sweet Jayne and EchoRev – Food – Portage Race – Beer Tent by The Belfry – and more. All to benefit MRBA! $5 admission.

    We thank our sponsors: The Belfry, Community National Bank, Green's Ace Hardware, Jay Peak Resort, Ken Whitehead Electrical Services, Little Painters, Missisquoi Construction, Peoples Trust Company, TJ’s Country Store, and Vermont Farms & Homes Real Estate.

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    Knotweed Removal

    Saturday, June 11, 2011, 10 am – noon
    River Walk Park, Route 118, Montgomery

    Volunteers needed to help eradicate Japanese knotweed, an invasive species, from the Trout River basin. Please bring clippers, shears, or loppers if possible. This is a joint project between MRBA and the Montgomery Conservation Commission. Call 933-9009 or 326-2093, or e-mail mrba@pshift.com or northwoodsforestry@gmail.com to volunteer and receive directions to site.

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    River Clean-up

    Saturday, June 18, 2011, 9 am – 3 pm

    Volunteers needed to clean up the Missisquoi River in Swanton on Saturday, June 18, 9 am – 3 pm. Participants should bring their own canoe/kayak, paddles, PFD, and picnic lunch. Contact Cynthia at 933-9009 or mrba@pshift.com to volunteer and for directions to meeting place.

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    Tree Planting in Sheldon

    Saturday, May 14, 2011 9 am – 1 pm

    Volunteers needed to plant trees for streambank stabilization and water quality improvement. No experience required. Any number of hours that you can spare would be a great help. Bring your own refreshments and, if possible, a shovel and bucket. Waterproof footwear recommended. Call 933-9009 or e-mail mrba@pshift.com to volunteer and receive directions to site.

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    Tree Planting

    Saturday, April 30, 9 am – 1 pm.

    Volunteers needed to plant trees for streambank stabilization and water quality improvement. No experience required. Any number of hours that you can spare would be a great help. Bring your own refreshments and, if possible, a shovel and bucket. Waterproof footwear recommended.

    Call (802) 933-9009 or e-mail mrba@pshift.com to volunteer and receive directions to site.

    Organized by the Missisquoi River Basin Association with funding from a 319 grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.


    Public Forum

    Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7 pm.

    Montgomery Emergency Services Building, Montgomery Center, VT

    MRBA will hold its annual public forum on Thursday, March 24, @ 7:00 PM at the Montgomery Emergency Services Building at 86 Vermont Route 242 in Montgomery Center. Presentations will be made on the results of our 2010 water sampling program, and on the geomorphic assessment of the Upper Missisquoi River (between Lowell and North Troy). All are welcome. For more information, call 933-9009 or e-mail mrba@pshift.com


    MRBA Annual Meeting

    Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 7 pm.

    Enosburg Falls High School, Enosburg Falls, VT

    The Missisquoi River Basin Association will hold its Annual Meeting to elect members and officers on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 7 pm. The meeting will be held in the Enosburg Falls High School on Dickenson Avenue in Enosburg Falls. All are welcome. For more information, call 933-9009 or email: mrba@pshift.com.


    2010


    River Festival 2010

    Saturday, August 28, 2010 from 4-11 pm.

    Recreational field in Montgomery Center, on Route 118

    Live Music - Food - Portage Race - Beer tent - and more - all to benefit MRBA! Join us for music by Canyonero, The Missisquoi River Band, Sweet Jayne, and others. $5 admission. More info to come!


    River Clean-up

    Saturday, June 19, 2010 @ 9 am - 3 pm.

    Volunteers needed to clean up the Missisquoi River in Westfield on Saturday, June 19, 9 am – 3 pm. Participants should bring their own canoe/kayak, paddles, PFD, and picnic lunch.

    Contact Cynthia at 933-9009 or mrba@pshift.com to volunteer and for directions to meeting place.


    Tree Planting

    April 17, April 24, May 8, May 15, 2010
    Four Saturdays this Spring from 9 am – 1 pm;

    Volunteers needed to plant trees for streambank stabilization and water quality improvement. No experience required. Any number of hours that you can spare would be a great help. Bring your own refreshments and, if possible, a shovel and bucket. Waterproof footwear recommended.

    Highgate
    Saturday, April 17, 2010 9 am – 1 pm.

    Enosburgh
    Saturday, April 24, 2010 9 am – 1 pm.

    Sheldon
    Saturday, May 8, 2010 9 am – 1 pm.

    Troy
    Saturday, May 15, 2010 9 am – 1 pm.

    Call (802) 933-9009 or e-mail mrba@pshift.com to volunteer and receive directions to sites.

    Organized by the Missisquoi River Basin Association with funding from a 319 grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.


    MRBA Public Forum

    Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 7 pm.

    This MRBA public forum will take place at the Richford Town Hall on Thursday, March 25 @ 7 pm. Mike Winslow will talk about his recently published book "Lake Champlain: A Natural History". Mike is the staff scientist at the Lake Champlain Committee [LCC]. The LCC is dedicated to protecting Lake Champlain’s environmental integrity and recreational resources through science-based advocacy, education and collaborative action. All are welcome. Free.

    For more info, contact mrba@pshift.com or call 933-9009.


    2009


    Water Sampling Results

    Sunday, November 15, 2009 @ 4 p.m.

    MRBA will hold a public presentation of preliminary results from its 2009 water sampling program. 4 pm. Sunday, November 15, 2009, at the Montgomery Emergency Services Building, Route 242, Montgomery Center, VT. All are welcome. The presentation will be followed by a light meal.


    Wild & Scenic River Study Meeting

    Celebration and pot luck to kick-off the Wild & Scenic River Study of the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers, 5 pm., Friday, July 17, 2009.

    Meet at the Recreation Center pavilion in Montgomery Center on Route 118. Learn about the study process and how to become involved. Please bring a dish to share.

    Volunteer Days

    Volunteers needed to clean up the Missisquoi River in Richford on Sat., June 20, 9 am – 3 pm.

    Participants should bring their own canoe/kayak, paddles, PFD, and picnic lunch.

    Contact Cynthia at 933-9009 or mrba@pshift.com to volunteer and for directions to sites.


    Streambank Stabilization

    Sheldon
    Sat., April 18, 9 am -1 pm

    Highgate
    Sat., April 25, 9 am -1 pm

    Troy
    Sat., May 9, 9 am -1 pm

    Volunteers needed to plant trees for streambank stabilization and water quality improvement. No experience required. Any number of hours that you can spare would be a great help.

    Bring your own refreshments and, if possible, a shovel and bucket. Waterproof footwear recommended.

    Call (802) 933-9009 or e-mail mrba@pshift.com for directions & to volunteer.

    Organized by the Missisquoi River Basin Association with funding from a grant from the Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation.


    Public Information Session
    Black Creek Watershed Assesssment
    Thursday, March 26, 2009
    7:00 pm.

    Fairfield Town Office Building
    25 North Road (junction Route 36)
    Fairfield Center, VT

    The Missisquoi River Basin Association invites you to learn about the results of our geomorphic assessment of Black Creek undertaken during summer 2008 by Adam Robtoy of The Johnson Company. The purpose of the assessment is to better understand the condition of the stream channels and the vegetated corridors along the channels in order to target areas for future water quality improvement fieldwork.
    Join us to learn more, ask questions, and enjoy some refreshments.
    All welcome.

    Organized by MRBA with support from VT DEC River Management Program


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    Missisquoi River Basin Association  9534 Route 36 - Unit 5  East Fairfield, VT   05448
    (office) 802.827.3360  (cell) 802.752.7247, or email mrba@pshift.com