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NEWS FROM THE FRIENDS

Please join us on May 2nd at 10:00am for our Annual River Clean Up event. Meet at the Lareau Farm to organize, then head out to a designated section of the river to pull out a year's worth of trash and debris. The event will be followed with a picnic lunch at Lareau Park at 1:00pm. Bring a friend and some sturdy shoes. Well manned boats welcome.

Please join us for our 1st Annual Membership Dinner and Volunteer Recognition Celebration with Special Guest Nathaniel Tripp author of "Confluence: A River, the Environment, Politics and the Fate of All Humanity" Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 6:00pm at the 1824 House Inn Limited tickets available.

Water samples taken by Friends of the Mad River (FMR) volunteers on Monday morning August 11th show no sites tested were in violation of Vermontís water quality standards for E.coli. The state water quality standard for recreational waters measures E. coli bacteria, an indicator of pollution from human or animal waste (no more than 77 colonies per 100 mL water). High E.coli levels can pose a danger to swimmers since the presence of fecal borne pathogens is likely

Mad River Watch is a volunteer water monitoring program sponsored by the Friends of the Mad River (FMR). Volunteers collect water samples at 37 sites every other week in June, July, and August, and the samples are analyzed in the FMR lab for E.coli, a type of bacteria.

Water samples taken by Friends of the Mad River (FMR) volunteers on Tuesday morning July 15th show favorable swimming conditions with three tested in violation of Vermontís water quality standards. Downstream sites 23, 27 and 29 were in violation of the Vermont standard (no more than 77 colonies of E.coli per 100ml water).

Water samples taken by Friends of the Mad River (FMR) volunteers on Monday morning June 30th show favorable swimming conditions with only one of thirty-seven sites tested in violation of Vermontís water quality standards. Site 31, located at Loverís Lane Bridge was in violation of the Vermont standard (no more than 77 colonies of E.coli per 100mL water). Site 31 is the most downstream sampling site in the program; generally the most downstream sites in the watershed show higher levels of E.coli as they represent the accumulation of pollution throughout the watershed.

The presence of the invasive algae Didymo in the Mad River was confirmed by the Agency if Natural Resources (ANR) on July 10, 2008. In a follow up on a sample submitted by a concerned citizen, Leslie Matthews , ANR invasive aquatics expert found an extensive bloom near Riverwatch Lane in Warren. The algae covers 75-100 percent of the stream bottom at the site, and extends hundreds of meters upstream from that location.

The first day of the 2008 Mad River Watch summer sampling season was completed on Monday June 16th. Results from the tests showed low E.coli levels throughout the watershed. Six out of thirty seven sites were in violation of Vermont water quality standard (77 colonies E.coli per 100mL).

We have been using road salt as a de-icing agent for nearly 70 years, and scientists have been documenting related negative environmental impacts since the 1970's. However, there is currently no water quality standard which addresses road salt in Vermont. Unfortunately, increasing numbers of recent studies indicate that road salt applied at current rates is showing up in our waterways and is adversely affecting our land, water and wildlife.

Media Center One of the goals of FMR is to reach out to watershed residents and share important information about water quality, which can not only protect people's health, but also protect the health of the Mad River. Outreach about complicated issues is arguably the most challenging aspect of our work, and it is even more difficult to affect meaningful change in the community. The goal of the Strategic Communications project is to gather information and define strategies to reach a wider range and greater number of people and ultimately define strategies to engage them more fully in watershed conservation activities.

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