Warning: Vermont continues to experience significant rainfall, and water levels can rise unexpectedly at any moment. Many rivers are still unsafe for swimming due to sewage runoff and other pollutants. Please continue to use caution when recreating in and around rivers.
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Caleb Deane: Volunteer Site Steward

Volunteer Site Steward Spotlight

September 29, 2023

Our work as Vermont River Conservancy relies upon volunteers to keep our rivers looking beautiful year round. In this post, we highlight two amazing stewards and their efforts to maintain river access sites!

Judy Dow Presents at Melrose Terrace in Brattleboro

Judy Dow at Melrose Terrace

September 25, 2023

Judy Dow presented to community members at Melrose Terrace in Brattleboro about the importance of river restoration through an indigenous lens.

Meet Addie Hedges, Community Engagement Coordinator

Meet our Community Engagement Coordinator: VHCB AmeriCorps Member

September 18, 2023

Meet our 2023-2024 VHCB AmeriCorps Member! Addie will be supporting Vermont River Conservancy to help engage people with their rivers.

Huntington Gorge in Richmond, VT

Youth Trail Crew Improves Huntington Gorge Swimming Hole

September 7, 2023

Following July floods, Vermont River Conservancy worked with Vermont Youth Conservation Corps to improve eroded trails and safety signs at Huntington Gorge, one of the state’s most visited and most dangerous swimming holes.

Volunteers gather for a group photo after a morning of hard work.

Volunteers Reopen Barre River Access Trail

August 17, 2023

Following July floods that destroyed the ½ mile trail from Rotary Park to the Stevens Branch River in Barre, volunteers gathered last weekend to rebuild the trail, restoring Barre’s public river access.

Enjoying a perch on a rock at Green River Meadows in Guilford, VT

Explore Southern Vermont Swimming Holes

August 11, 2023

It’s a sunny August day in the mid-seventies and the outdoors is calling. Where do you go? In southern Vermont, public access riverlands managed by Vermont River Conservancy are the perfect place to explore the sights, sounds, and sensations of your living world.

Volunteer river clean up crew (pre-floods)

Flood Relief Resources: Community Support, River Learning, and Swimming Safely After Floods

August 10, 2023

Vermonters have proven once again that in times of need, we show up for one another. Here are some of the resources that have come across our desks in the last month. 

Due to recent flooding and ongoing rain it is NOT SAFE to swim in Vermont's rivers and swimming holes right now – and we’re not yet sure when it will be.

Post-flood Update: Our Rivers and Swimming Holes are NOT Safe for Swimming

July 19, 2023

Unfortunately, due to the recent flooding and ongoing rain it is NOT SAFE to swim in Vermont's rivers and swimming holes right now – and we’re not yet sure when it will be. Rivers are high and currents are swift. The water is filled with debris, sewage, e.coli, propane, fertilizer, and any number of things you don't want to swim in.

Conserved lands along the North Branch of the Winooski River on July 11, 2023. These wetlands helped slow the raging waters, allowing the river to slow and spread across the land, helping mitigate flooding downstream in communities like Montpelier.

When the Waters Rise

July 12, 2023

Over the last 48 hours our rivers rose to unimaginable heights, and many of us were faced with a mix of awe and wonder, grief and fear, and a sense of powerlessness in the face of water’s torrent. We are so grateful for the many landowners we’ve worked with who, by deciding to protect their land, decided to help to keep the rest of us safer when the rivers rose.

Green Heron

Free Guided Bird Walks: Southern VT

June 8, 2023

Wednesday mornings in June, join a Vermont River Conservancy ecologist in the field to explore Vermont's rivers from a bird's eye view. No, not from a helicopter -- we're really talking about birds! Each week we'll explore a different site, identify special habitat features, and watch in real time as birds hunt, forage, breed, and nest.

Moss-covered rocks at Canyon Lot in Elmore, VT

Coming Soon: Big Trucks, Mossy Canyons, and a Covered Bridge

June 6, 2023

Here’s a sneak peek at a few of our projects “in the pipeline” – just a handful of the 23 places we're working to protect in 2023: big trucks restoring a floodplain and building a park in downtown Brattleboro, protecting shaded mossy canyons in central Vermont, and securing public access at a covered bridge in the Northeast Kingdom.

Man fly fishing in Vermont

Water Wins: Conservation Projects Help Brook Trout

June 5, 2023

As spring turns to summer and the sun’s rays beat down, it’s tempting to relish afternoons splashing in warm waters – comfortable for an afternoon dip, but life threatening for wildlife. The eastern wild brook trout thrives in water up to 65° and can tolerate a few degrees more. 75° kills. This spring, we finished three projects to create a brighter future for brook trout – places where these speckled fish can count on cooler waters year-round.

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