Member groups of the collaborative have monitored the following stream sections: the Middlebury River and the middle section of Otter Creek, begun in 1989 by Otter Creek River Watch (a project of Otter Creek Audubon Society) and Middlebury Union High School; Lewis Creek, begun in 1992 by the Lewis Creek Association; New Haven River, begun in 1993 by New Haven River Watch (a project of New Haven River Anglers Association); and Little Otter Creek, begun in 1997 by The Watershed Center with assistance from Addison County Regional Planning Commission and Otter Creek Natural Resources Conservation District. In the summer of 2003, the Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC), and the Weybridge Conservation Commission (WCC) in partnership with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Middlebury Union High School (MUHS) partnered to gather reliable base-line water quality monitoring data on the Lemon Fair River in the Otter Creek Basin.
Prior to the efforts of these River Watch groups, there was little long-term information available regarding the health of these rivers. The groups believe that keeping ongoing records of water quality measures is necessary to create a profile of the status of these rivers and to understand how future changes in agricultural, residential, industrial, or recreational uses may affect them.
Addison County River Watch Collaborative (ACRWC) is one of a number of citizen water monitoring groups in Vermont whose volunteer members work to ensure the ecological integrity and the recreational viability of their communities’ watersheds.
Goals of the ACRWC:
- To monitor and assess the condition and uses of our local rivers, creeks, and streams over time
- To raise public awareness of and commitment to the ecological, economic, and social values and functions of our local rivers, creeks, and streams.
- To support and praise actions taken by landowners that improve the health and quality of our local rivers, creeks, and streams.
In combining their efforts, the partner groups are creating an integrated watershed approach to natural resources. This makes sense ecologically and will also, ideally, encourage greater citizen responsibility for the integrity of these watersheds.
- Click here to learn more about the value of monitoring water quality.
- Click here to learn more about the science behind monitoring water quality.
- Click here to access ACRWC water quality sampling reports.
- Click here to learn about our volunteer activities.
- Click here to view provisional E.coli sampling results from the 2020 season.