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NEWS FROM THE FRIENDS

Mad River Watch volunteers collected water samples from 36 sites throughout the watershed early Monday morning. Results show no sites were in violation of Vermont water quality standards for recreational waters. The standard measures E.coli bacteria, which is found when there is fecal contamination present. High E.coli levels in water indicate the likelihood of high levels of water-borne pathogens, which can sicken swimmers. The Vermont Department of Health’s current standard for E.coli is 235 colonies per 100 ml sample.

Mad River Watch volunteers collected water samples from 36 sites throughout the watershed early Monday morning. Results show 17 of 36 sites in violation of Vermont water quality standards for recreational waters. The standard measures E.coli bacteria, which is found when there is fecal contamination present. High E.coli levels in water indicate the likelihood of high levels of water-borne pathogens, which can sicken swimmers. The Vermont Department of Health’s standard for E.coli is 235 colonies per 100 ml sample, which was recently revised upwards from a more conservative standard.

Sampling results from the fourth round of Friends of the Mad River’s Mad River Watch volunteer water quality program (July 15th) show all sites with favorable swimming conditions, with no sites testing above the Vermont Health Department’s water quality standard for E.coli in recreational waters (235 colonies of E.coli per 100 mL water).

Results from sampling on Monday July 1st show relatively low levels of E.coli at all sites, despite the relatively high water levels. This could be due to the continuous flushing the rain June provided, preventing the build up of pollution in the watershed.

The first sampling date of the Friends of the Mad River's 2013 Mad River Watch season was Monday June 17th. Results from sampling show that E.coli levels at the 36 sites throughout the watershed were universally low. There were no samples that were above the state standard of 235 colonies/100mL. E.coli is an indicator of fecal contamination and elevated levels of E.coli in recreational water is associated with and increased risk of illness.

In 2012 & spring 2013 FMR partnered with several other conservation organizations and received help from many talented, determined, and generous volunteers to plant more than 2300 trees and shrubs along the banks of the river.

Friends of the Mad River is hosting a community workshop for homeowners, contractors, and landscape designers on flood preparedness and creating flood resilient homescapes and driveways. "Not if, but When: Preparing for Floods and Managing Stormwater" will take place Tuesday, September 11 from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Moretown Town Hall.

Friends of the Mad River is hosting the second annual Rock the River event at American Flatbread in Waitsfield on Sunday August 26th from 3:00 pm-9:00 pm. The benefit will feature a great line up of homegrown music, with local musician Colleen Mari opening, followed by Tim Holter and the Mad River Mini Stars. Tim is a seasoned performer from Warren and will be joined on stage by his amazing and talented kids. The lovely Burlington songstress Kat Wright and her Indomitable Soul Band will wrap up the event; Kat was named in the 2012 Daysies “best up and coming performer” category by the Seven Days.

Join us July 25th at 6:00pm at the Big Picture Theater for a workshop for homeowners: Not if but When: Preparing for Floods and Managing Stormwater. Can't make the workshop? Check out our online resources and/or attend the workshop on September 11.

Sampling results from the most recent round of the Mad River Watch volunteer water quality program on July 23rd show most sites with favorable swimming conditions, with only 2 of thirty-five sites testing above Vermont Health Department’s new water quality standard for E.coli in recreational waters (235 colonies of E.coli per 100 mL water). The sites were north of Warren village and along Pony Farm Road in Moretown.

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