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Interested in learning more about the river? Curious about how healthy the river is in your area? Looking for a family-oriented summer science project? Friends of the Mad River is recruiting volunteers for the 2010 Mad River Watch program. Volunteers collect water samples and record water quality information at sites throughout the watershed on six dates throughout the summer months.

Join us May 7th from 4pm-7pm or May 8th from 10am-1pm and Plant and Tree (or plant 10!) at the Kingsbury Farm in Warren! FMR is coordinating the riparian restoration Project, where more than 600 native trees and shrubs will be planted along the Mad River at the Kingsbury Farm. The trees and shrubs will provide a myriad of habitat and water quality benefits.

Join us on May 1st for the Annual River Clean Up. Meet at Lareau Park at 10:00am to organize and pick up your bags. Go by boat (experienced boaters only please) or clean up the riverbanks from shore.

Love the sound of the peepers in the spring? Enjoy seeing the brilliant red eft crawling through your neighborhood? Volunteer to help ensure they keep singing and crawling for generations to come! Training for volunteers on March 31st at 6:30pm at the General Wait House. Call Caitrin at 496-9127 for more info or to sign up!

Please join us October 22nd at 6pm at Mad River Glen for our 2nd Annual Membership Dinner and Volunteer Recognition Celebration! Special guest Frank Bryan will speak about local democracy and Vermont's conservation ethic. Buffet dinner will be served and local musician Scott Forrest will play his original music. Don't miss this event--tickets are $30 for members, and seating is limited. RSVP before October 15th.

Mad River Watch volunteers braved the sunshine (finally!) to collect water samples from 36 sites throughout the watershed early Monday morning. Results show lower E.coli levels in most locations than were recorded during the last Mad River Watch analysis on July 27th. No sites were in violation of Vermont water quality standards for recreational waters.

Mad River Watch volunteers collected water samples throughout the watershed on Monday morning July 27th. Results show there were favorable swimming conditions at some locations, while at others E.coli levels were above the state water quality standard. The state water quality standard for recreational waters measures E. coli bacteria, an indicator of pollution from human or animal waste and the potential presence of disease causing organisms. Thirteen of thirty-seven sites tested were found to be in violation of the standard at the time of sampling.

Results from analysis of water samples collect on Monday June 29th came in early Tuesday showing high E.coli levels at all sites, with all but two sites in violation of Vermontís water quality standard. E.coli is an indicator of pollution from fecal matter (wildlife, human and or farm related), and an indicator of potential risks to swimmers due to the presence of pathogens. It is common for E.coli levels to spike as waters rise since rain washes pollutants into rivers.

As the Mad River Valley community happily welcomes spring and warmer temperatures trickle into our Vermont valley, we must again revisit the effects of run-off into the river. We all love spending time along the river during the spring and summer, However, as the summer months quickly approach, we also need to consider the cleanliness of the river before jumping in.

Attention landscaping professionals, landowners, road crews, gardeners, environmental enthusiasts and more; Friends of the Mad River welcomes you to a presentation and community discussion on the thorny subject of invasive plants. The event will feature an informative presentation by Sharon Plumb, invasive species coordinator for The Nature Conservancy of Vermont; and will take place at the 1824 House on Tuesday, April 28 at 6:30 pm. This event is free and refreshments will be provided! Additionally, an invasive plant bake-off competition will be held, to be judged by localvore leader Robin McDermott. Have a go at cooking a dish with Japanese knotweed; it will be fun and you may win a prize!

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