Mad River

  • 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

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  • A call for communitywide collaboration

    By the board and staff of Friends of the Mad River

    Friends of the Mad River (FMR) is dedicated to stewarding the Mad River Valley’s healthy land and clean water for our community and for future generations. We

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • ‘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

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  • Knotweed plan sparks controversy

    UPDATE: 

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  • 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

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  • Thirty years of data and more to come from Friends of the Mad River

    The Mad River is deeply important to all who live in The Valley. It is most known for its many swimming holes and it is the best place to cool off during a particularly hot summer, but how clean is the

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  • Rain elevates bacterial counts in Mad River

    With crisp fall temperatures in the air, Friends of the Mad River’s Mad River Watch (MRW) Program results from the sixth and final round of water sampling show four sites with unfavorable swimming conditions as of Monday

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  • Body recovered from the Mad River Friday morning, August 19

    According to Detective Sergent Amy Nolan of the Vermont State Police a body was recovered from the Mad River Friday morning, August 19 at the Lareau swim hole in Waitsfield. The name of the victim is not being released

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  • UPDATE: Body recovered from the Mad River on August 19

    Update: 08/22/16

    On Friday morning, August 19, at approximately 9:40 a.m., Vermont State Police Middlesex received a call from a male who was swimming at the Lareau Swimming Hole, located just

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  • 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

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  • Craig Elwell river access dedicated

    On Thursday, August 4, the Vermont River Conservancy and Moretown celebrated the planting of the new Arthur Buck River Access Park and they dedicated the conserved land to the late Craig Elwell. The park is located on

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  • Mad River Watch results – one swim hole too high

    Sampling results from the fifth round of Friends of the Mad River’s Mad River Watch (MRW) program show one site with unfavorable swimming conditions as of Monday morning, August 8.

    Lareau swim hole in Waitsfield

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  • Summer is off to a dry start!

    Sampling results from the second round of Friends of the Mad River’s Mad River Watch Program show no sites with unfavorable swimming conditions as of Monday morning, June 27. It has been dry and the river has been

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  • It’s swimming season! Is the Mad River clean?

    The Mad River is generally safe for swimming and boating, according to local river advocacy group Friends of the Mad River (FMR).

    “The federal Clean Water Act, septic regulations, lots of money, careful land

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