Friends of Mad River

  • Action stations and weather stats for FMR forum

    Politicians may argue about whether climate change is real, but according to the stats presented by meteorologist Roger Hill, climate change is not only real, it is accelerating.

    Hill was the featured speaker at

  • New rain garden under construction at Harwood Union

    Harwood Union Middle and High School is scheduled to break ground Thursday on a 1,400-square-foot bioretention facility (“rain garden”) that will infiltrate runoff from approximately a half acre of school rooftop,

  • Waitsfield Conservation Commission hears strong opposition to herbicide use

    Hearing strong opposition from dozens of citizens to a proposal to use herbicides on a pilot plan to reduce Japanese knotweed and other invasives on town land, the Waitsfield Conservation Commission will consider that

  • People speak out on Austin knotweed plan

    It was a full house at the Waitsfield Conservation Commission’s July 17 meeting with several dozen people in attendance to comment on a plan to use herbicides as one tool to manage knotweed on the town-owned Austin

  • It’s all about the pH

    By Mimi Clark

    Forty-four years ago, I was a young bride on the Maynard farm in Moretown. The social outing I looked forward to most back then was the Farm Show in Barre. I wasn’t interested in the big tractors or

  • ‘Mad River Valley community deserves better’

    By Ben Falk

    Waitsfield’s herbicide application project is forcing an important global topic to the fore and highlights the changing dynamics of unavoidably shifting ecosystems in a time of rapid change. It also

  • Knotweed plan sparks controversy


  • Conservation commission will try pilot project for knotweed

    The Waitsfield Conservation Commission will try a pilot project to contain the invasive plant Japanese knotweed along the Mad River on the five-acre Austin parcel, immediately north of the Lareau swim

  • Skiers and fish celebrate

    Skiers and fish are an unlikely pairing, but they both have one more reason to be excited this fall – an important piece of snowmaking infrastructure is now fish-friendly.

    Thanks to a partnership between

  • Mad River Valley schools safeguard their streams

    Friends of the Mad River (FMR) is back in school just like everyone else and working with local schools to keep water clean and strengthen the community’s resilience to flooding. Harwood Union and Friends of the Mad

  • Friends of the Mad River data study allows the group to adapt

    When Friends of the Mad River (FMR) hosts a presentation about 35 years of monitoring the Mad River tonight, August 18, people will hear how using data has allowed the river advocacy group to adapt its work to specific