VRC receives B&J award for Watersheds United VT!

Monday, November 4th, 2013

When watershed groups from all over Vermont got together after Tropical Storm Irene, what did they talk about?

Many meeting for the first time, watershed group staff and volunteers talked about how isolated they all are – working on the same issues to improve water quality and flood resiliency around the state – without even knowing what other watershed groups are doing to address the same issues!

They asked the question: how can watershed groups better communicate and collaborate to make their work easier and more effective?  They answered: a state-wide coalition of watershed groups!  Then everyone asked: How will we form a state-wide coalition?  They answered: can the Vermont River Conservancy, the only state-wide organization focused on watershed protection, help?  We answered: YES!

After months of discussing the needs of watershed groups, articulating the goals of a state-wide coalition, and approaching funders with the idea, the Ben and Jerry’s Foundation stepped forward to provide a 3-year Capacity Building grant to start Watersheds United Vermont.  With additional support from the Lintilhac Foundation and the Vermont Community Foundation’s Innovation and Collaboration Grant, Watersheds United Vermont is poised for a strong start.

Watersheds United VT connects community-based watershed groups in Vermont with the knowledge, tools, and networks needed to more effectively enhance and protect the health of Vermont water resources.

Vermont River Conservancy looks forward to helping launch Watersheds United by working with watershed groups and their partners around the state to support and protect the healthy watersheds we all need and love.

If interested in learning more, or applying for the Watersheds United Vermont Program Coordinator position, please email watershedsunited [at] gmail [dot] com.

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