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NEWS FROM THE FRIENDS

Sampling results from the third round of Friends of the Mad Riverís Mad River Watch volunteer water quality program show most sites with favorable swimming conditions, with only 2 of thirty-five sites testing above Vermont Health Departmentís new water quality standard for E.coli in recreational waters (235 colonies of E.coli per 100 mL water). The sites were Lareau swim hole and along Pony Farm Road in Moretown.

Sampling results from the second round of Friends of the Mad Riverís Mad River Watch volunteer water quality program show only some sites with favorable swimming conditions, with 11 of thirty-five sites testing above Vermont Health Departmentís water quality standard for E.coli in recreational waters. The standard was recently revised upwards, increasing from 77 to 235 colonies of E.coli per 100 mL water. E. coli is a type of coliform bacteria and is used as an indicator of pollution from human or animal waste and the potential presence of disease causing organisms. It is estimated that at the level of 235 colonies E.coli per 100 mL water, approximately 8 out of every 1,000 swimmers are likely to contract a water borne illness related to fecal contamination.

Mad River Watch kicked off its 27th season of water quality monitoring this Monday as volunteers headed to sites throughout the watershed to collect samples. The Mad River Watch program will conduct water testing every two weeks throughout the summer; results are reported in the newspaper and on signs at various swim holes.

On August 29, 2011 Tropical Storm Irene caused the most devastating flooding that Vermont has experienced in the last 83 years. One of the hardest hit areas was Waitsfield, Vermont. Volunteers for Peace is partnering with the Friends of the Mad River to host a two week volunteer workcamp to clean up the Mad River, which was seriously impacted by the storm. Volunteers For Peace (vfp.org) is a Vermont non-profit celebrating our 30th year! VFP sends Americans around the world to volunteer as well as organizes and subsidizes projects in the US for international volunteers.

"It's a Mad River: A look at flooding in the Mad River Valley & the evolution of river management" A presentation led by river scientists from the VT Department of Environmental Conservation, local river experts & historians. In addition, Harwood's 7th grade science class will present posters on their exploration of the Mad River. November 10th, 6:30-8:30pm 1824 House Inn, Waitsfield

Friends of the Mad River conducted a special "post Irene" Mad River Watch on Monday September 12th. While only two sites sampled were in violation on the Vermont standard for E.coli in recreational water (Pony Farm Road in Moretown and the north end of Moretown Village), please be aware that there could be dangerous debris or other chemicals in the water that washed in during the flood.

Comprehensive list of recovery resources for homeowners, businesses and farmers affected by Tropical Storm Irene. Please contact Caitrin Noel friends@madriver.com if you have additional resources for the guide or other suggestions/edits.

Water samples collected by Friends of the Mad River (FMR) volunteers on Monday morning August 22nd show variable swimming conditions throughout the watershed, with fifteen of thirty-six sites tested exceeding Vermontís water quality standard for E.coli in recreational water (no more than 77 colonies of E.coli bacteria per 100mL water).

Join us on 8/17 from 5pm-10pm at Lareau Farm for music, dancing, raffle, junky boat race, flatbread, kid's activities and more! All to benefit the Friends of the Mad River. Tickets are $15 for 16+; kids free. Stay Tuned for a schedule of bands and more info about the boat race!

The second round of water samples taken by Friends of the Mad River volunteers on Monday morning June 27th show generally favorable swimming conditions with only two of thirty-five sites tested in violation of Vermontís water quality standards. The two sites, Welder Brook and Doctorís Brook in Moretown, were only slightly above standard for E.coli in recreational waters (77 colonies per 100 mL water). E. coli is a type of coliform bacteria, the presence of which indicates pollution from human or animal waste and the potential presence of disease causing organisms.

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