In 2006, FMR partnered with the VT DEC River Management Program
to complete a Phase 2 Geomorphic Assessment of the mainstem reaches of
the Mad River Watershed. A physical assessment of 21 sections of the
Mad River and its tributaries, including Clay Brook, Pine Brook,
Shepard Brook, and High Bridge Brook was completed. FMR held three
community forums to make Valley residents aware of the project and to
share our findings. Many thanks to our funders the Robbins – de
Beaumont Foundation and VT DEC River Management Program
View the Phase 2 Geomorphic Assessment Final Report
In 2007 FMR secured a grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to complete a River Corridor Planning study. This study builds on previous geomorphic assessment, applying assessment information to practical recommendations. A River Corridor Management plan will result that includes information about watershed, floodplain and channel stressors, analysis of channel adjustment, discussion of bridges and culverts that may be impacting the stream, and recommendations for protection and restoration. An included Fluvial Erosion Hazard analysis will inform potential Fluvial Erosion Hazard Zoning. If adopted, this zoning would provide additional protection beyond current regulations. Many thanks to DEC for the generous support.
Each year, amphibians migrate en masse from forest and field to spring breeding ponds. Sometimes their journey involves crossing a roadway, which can result in high mortality and declines in populations.
Naturalists have noted several places in the Valley where amphibian populations suffer great losses due to roadway mortality. In an effort to characterize and quantify the extent of this problem in the Mad River Valley, the Friends of the Mad River is partnering with the Fayston Natural Resource Committee to organize a volunteer monitoring and crossing project.
This spring, in early April when temps rise and the first warmish rains fall, trained volunteers will be sent to important sites throughout the Valley and will count and assist amphibians as they make their way across roadways to their spring breeding pools. Data will be shared with local planners and will inform potential future infrastructure improvements.
Learn more about this project.