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July 2014

In This Issue
  • $1.800 in SUP Festival Proceeds Benefit FWR
  • SUP Paddle Up for Auction to Benefit FWR
  • FWR Stickers Now Available
  • Rozalia Project Trash Data Study News
  • Winooski River Watershed Clean-Up August 9
  • VT State Boating Regulations Specific to the Waterbury Reservoir
  • Loons on the Reservoir - Good News
  • Postcards from the Res
Festival Proceeds Benefit Friends of Waterbury Reservoir
Thank You For Your Support!
We wish to express our deepest gratitude to Umiak Outfitters in Stowe for believing in our Mission, and supporting our young and growing local non-profit by donating the $1,800 in participant donations from the 3rd Annual Vermont Paddleboard Festival to the Friends of Waterbury Reservoir.
These funds will be used right away to help us really dig in to some of our highest priority projects including the Rozalia Project Trash Data StudyLoon habitat protection, aquatic invasive species prevention and management, potential future improvements at the Cottonbrook canoe access, and more.

Thanks to the broad publicity for this event, we've connected with hundreds new people who also recognize the Reservoir as a vital community resource and want to do their part to protect and preserve it for generations. Many of these people have joined our Newsletter list and are ready to jump in to volunteer and advocate!

Again, thank you.
SUP Paddle Up for Auction
July 17 - July 23
This Stand-Up Paddleboard ("SUP") paddle is up for auction to benefit Friends of Waterbury Reservoir! Michael Dolsey Designs Bamboo Adjustable SUP paddle with carbon shaft and andle, bamboo blade. Measures 85" from grip to tip of blade. MSRP $299-$349. Details and a link to the eBay online auction:
FWR Stickers Now Available
Show Your Support
As our Thank You for your donation of $5 or more, we'll send you one of our brand new 3" stickers!
(Free shipping in the US).

Display your support for FWR on your boat, SUP board, paddle, car, roof-top gear box, bicycle, trekking poles ... pretty much anywhere!
Thank you to of Stowe for supporting our Mission.
Rozalia Project Trash Data Study
News Flash
Next Week - Check our website for the first Blog from Charlotte about her summer internship on the Reservoir through the Rozalia Project!
Volunteer support is fundamental to ensure success of this study. To learn how you and your family, co-workers, scout troop, or community group can participate, Click Here.
Top Five Categories of Trash & Debris Pieces Reported
May 3 to July 16
Personal Waste Fishing Debris Industrial Debris Other Debris Pieces  
Total # of Pieces (All Categories)
459 140 38 24 209 1,345

This photo was taken on our 4th clean-up trip at the same location (Zone 1, East side). By repeatedly cleaning and reporting debris that's found in the same area, we're able to recognize what trash has been there awhile and what has recently arrived after a busy visitor weekend or a storm event. This information will be vital for the State of Vermont's future management planning for this valuable community resource
-Laurie Smith

Watch Rozalia Project's Rachael Miller's TEDx Talk
Friends of Winooski River's
Winooski Watershed Clean-Up on August 9
Includes 4 Sites on the Waterbury Reservoir
The Friends of the Winooski River has partnered with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, American Rivers, and Friends of Waterbury Reservoir for a community river cleanup day on Saturday, August 9.

Four of the clean-up sites are on the Waterbury Reservoir. Volunteers who do clean-up on the Reservoir will complete Trash Data Study Cards.

Details and Volunteer Sign-Ups at
VT State Boating Regulations
Specific to the Waterbury Reservoir
The Handbook of Vermont Boating Laws & Responsibilities
Did you know that there are boating regulations specific to many of Vermont's lakes, including the Waterbury Reservoir?

Click Here for Lake-Specific Rules Regulating the Use of Particular Public Waters, and scroll down to Waterbury Reservoir. Click on the Handbook cover image (left) to view the whole publication online. Printed copies are available at area retailers, and State / Local Police Stations.

Related Videos:

SeaDoo JetBoat's About No-Wake Zone Buoys & Channel Markers

Boating Magazine's Tips for Navigating No-Wake Zones
Loons on the Reservoir
Good News
A potential Loon pair has been reported several times on the Reservoir already this summer, and we are actively coordinating with the VT Loon Recovery Project on possible next steps. Please continue to report loon sightings - especially pairs - to

See our YouTube video of these two loons.
Pair formation is tricky to assess in that in can be a temporary one summer deal, it could be chance there are two together several times, or that there is a pair starting to actively defend the area. I will be surveying the Reservoir later this month.
-Eric Hanson, Biologist at the VT Loon Recovery Project
A Postcard Sunset On the Res
About this month's cover photo: This obliging Great Blue Heron was happily fishing in the Cottonbrook canoe access channel at 7am on Thursday, July 3.

Legislative Update

The Vermont State Legislature adjourned in April, so there are no new Legislative Updates for this month. For 2013-2014 Legislative Session information, visit
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