Huntington River Conservation Partnership

Annual water quality monitoring of the Huntington River, focused on e.coli and public notification during the swimming/recreation season. Volunteers coordinate and sample 13+ sites in the watershed weekly, with monthly samples at mouths of major tributaries. Samples are processed by Vt. DEC Larosa Lab under a Larosa Partnership Grant. Results are reported back to residents and those interested via an email distribution list and a website.

Project Contact: 
Aaron Worthley
Project Contact Email: 
Town: 
Huntington
Richmond
Regional Planning Commision: 
Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission
Year Project Started: 
2002
Project Lifespan: 
2002-2006 Huntington only, 2006-present Huntington & Richmond jointly
Keywords: 
Citizen Science
Partnerships
Water
Project Accomplishments: 

Huntington utilized the information to support zoning changes restricting stream and buffer encroachments.

Project Partners: 

Huntington Conservation Commission
Richmond Conservation Commission
Vt DEC Larosa Partnership Program

Critical to Success: 
This is an all volunteer activity initiated by the Huntington Conservation Commission. Currently the project is led and managed by 1 former member from each of the Richmond and Huntington Conservation Commissions.
Challenges: 
Always a challenge to rally enough volunteers for the fairly rigorous sampling schedule. It's difficult to detect direct causation for e.coli bacteria contamination in watersheds such as the Huntington River.
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