Ridge to River Initiative -
Ridge to River Introductory Video
BUILDING RESILIENCE BY TACKLING STORMWATER TOGETHER - Project Overview
A Framework for Action on Stormwater - Ridge to River Phase 1 Report by Stone Environmental
MRV Context for Flood Resilience and Stormwater - Joshua Schwartz, MRVPD
Stormwater Overview - Justin Kenney, VT DEC
-- Primary Resources --
Smart Growth Implementation Assistance (SGIA) Flood Resilience framework graphic and associated Policy Memo for the MRV, August 2013 Stormwater Management Regulation in the MRV: Review and Recommendations
(FMR), April 2013
-- Additional Resources --
Green Stormwater Infrastructure Fact Sheets (DEC)
Mad River Valley Road Erosion Study (FMR) and attachments, May 2012
"Exploring pathways to transformations in post-disaster-event communities: Case Study of the Mad River Valley" - Master's thesis by Darin Wahl at Stockholm Resilience Centre, Nov 2014
Hill Farming in Vermont's Mad River Valley video (MRVPD), March 2014
-- Act 64 - Vermont's Water Quality Act Resources --
Water Quality Impacts from the Forest - Cold Hollow to Canada Winter 2016 newsletter article by Gary Sabourin and Nancy Patch.
Floods can and do happen in the Mad River Valley; a significant flood event in 1998 destroyed several homes and affected hundreds of people.
Friends of the Mad River has developed a "Flood Preparation Checklist" specific to preparing or floods in our area. (.pdf file)
Also, the following websites are useful in preparing for a flood:
Federal Emergency Management Agency: "Before a Flood"
American Red Cross: "Preparing for Events--Floods"
NOAA Hazardous Weather Notifications for Washington County Vermont
Friends of the Mad River Publications
Mad River Watch Water Sampling Manual for Volunteers - 2016
Stormwater Management Regulation in the Mad River Valley: review and recommendations
Upper Mad River Corridor Plan
Road Erosion Assessment Report
Road Erosion Assessment Final Report Attachments
Among the Friends' most ambitious achievements is the
creation of a conservation plan for the entire Mad River Watershed. Funded
in part by a grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program and prepared with
the support and assistance of the Mad River Valley Planning District, The
Best River Ever: A Conservation Plan to Protect and Restore Vermont's Beautiful
Mad River Watershed was published in 1995. The Best River Ever establishes
a vision for a healthy Mad River and a plan for achieving that vision.
Addressing such diverse topics as fish habitat, sewage disposal, agricultural
and forestry practices and education, The Best River Ever provides
Valley residents, organizations and local and state governments with clear
strategies for living in harmony with the Mad River and its tributaries.
Caring for the River, Caring for the Land: A guide to living in the Mad River Valley
Published by FMR in 2000, this informative booklet is a community compiled
resource for the individuals, families, and businesses that live, work,
and play here in the Mad River Valley. The booklet
covers local issues and topics including recreation, home, natural
resources, the river, and our community. Each chapter begins with general
information and history, then lists specific
actions residents can take to address problems and improve our quality of
life. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the booklet identifies
numerous resources that citizens can use to find out more information
about topics that affect their homes and the community.
This handbook contains many suggestions for ways to conserve natural resources
in the Mad River Valley. These suggestions will evolve over time, and we plan
to publish subsequent editions with updated and improved information.
We hope that after reading this handbook you will challenge us with your
questions and ideas about the best ways to protect natural resources in this
We believe that responsible land management involves learning from past
successes and failures, and fostering both old and new conservation methods
in the 21st century. Communication is crucial to this process, and we hope
that this booklet inspires many productive and interesting discussions.
Please stop by our office and tell us your impressions and ideas about this
handbook or send us an e-mail.
If you would like to request a copy, please e-mail us at email@example.com
Impact Development Opportunities in Waitsfield, Vermont (Source: the University of Vermont, the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District and Friends of the Mad River)
Post Irene Habitat Assessment Report (Source: VT Department of Fish and Wildlife)
Assessment of Fluvial Geomorphology in Relation to Erosion and Landslides in the Mad River Watershed in Central Vermont (Source: Vermont Geologic Survey, Step by Step, and Friends of the Mad River)
Fish Survey Study Results for the Mad River and Tributaries (Source: VT Department of Fish and Wildlife)
Mad River Geomorphic Assessment Report 2007 (prepared by Field Geology Services, Inc)
Vermont River Management Documents
Channel Fact Sheet (PDF 1999KB)
River Corridor Fact Sheet (PDF 400KB)
Alternatives for River Corridor Management: Vermont DEC River Management Program Position Paper (PDF 855KB)
Lake Champlain Basin Documents
Lake Champlain Basin Program "Opportunities for Action: An Evolving Plan for the Lake Champlain Basin"
Non-Point Source Pollution Fact Sheet
Mad River Watershed Resource Guide for Teachers
River Watershed Resource Guide for Teachers was compiled by Friends of
the Mad River to provide teachers with a compilation of available
resources related to watershed education in the Mad River watershed.
We hope that this guide is useful to you in planning for instruction,
whether you are teaching about ecology, conservation or the challenges
and opportunities for sustainability.
Click here to download the guide (MS Word doc)
contact us if you would like assistance in planning a watershed focused
curriculum, or if you have suggestions for our guide: 802.496.9127 or
Work in Mad River Valley Schools
Friends of the Mad
River has worked with numerous teachers from the five elementary
schools in the Valley, as well as teachers from Harwood Union High
School. Projects have included river walks, Flume table demonstrations,
benthic macroinvertebrte assessments of several tributaries, wetland
assessments, and general water quality assessments. Please contact us if you are interested in partnering with FMR in an educational event.
Mad River Information
to current USGS Flow Statistics for the Mad River in Moretown, VT
How Does A River Work? How do you Restore it?
A series of interactive models to help you understand how a river "works" and behaves.
E. Coli and Recreational Water Quality in Vermont
EPA Stormwater Site
Resource Guide for Vermont’s New and Aspiring Farmers
Home, Lawn, Garden Links
The Composting Association of Vermont
Rain Water Harvesting Information
A Small Woodland Owners Guide to Stream Habitat Restoration
Mad River Valley Community Links
Mad River Valley
The Vermont Folklife Center
The Vermont Earth Institute
The Mad River Path Association: Supporting community, ecology, and health through public pathways
River and Water Related Organizations
Friends of the Winooski River
Mad Dog Trout Unlimited
The Lake Champlain Basin Program
University of Vermont's Watershed Alliance
EPA's Watershed Information Page for the State of Vermont
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation: Water Quality and Supply Divisions
Water Stewards Network