Drinking Water Resource Center

FMR partnered with the Vermont Rural Water Association on a project to assess the overall condition of groundwater in the watershed. The project considered which contaminants are likely to be present, pinpointed known and potential areas of contamination, and provided education on private wells and drinking water quality. FMR offered drinking water testing. The tests informed homeowners about the quality of and potential threats in their drinking water. The sampling data can be used in future groundwater mapping and contaminant databases. FMR will offer testing again in 2008.  Please contact us for more information.

Geomorphic Assessment:  How the Mad River Works

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

River Corridor Planning Study

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.

Mad River Valley Amphibian Monitoring Project

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.