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Friends of Waterbury Reservoir

Newsletter May 2014
In This Issue:
VT Dept FP&R's Three-Year Management Plan
for the Reservoir's Remote Campsites
Full Press Release

Plan Highlights

Year 1: 2014
  • Designate all known existing sites as remote camping sites or day use sites
  • Install inconspicuous temporary site numbers at designated sites
  • Monitor use of sites and provide educational information to users
  • Improve at least 10 remote sites with trails to sites and installation of composting toilets
  • Close sites that suffer from soil compaction, erosion, or that pose high flood risk
Year 2: 2015
  • Improve additional remote campsites if funding is available
  • Continue stewardship outreach to users
Year 3: 2016
  • Improve remaining remote campsites if funding is available
  • Review previous two years’ experience  and explore logistics for future management
To learn more about VDFPR’s three-year management plan, please contact Susan Bulmer at
2014 Trash Data Study Update
The 2014 Trash Data Study launched on Green-Up Day with about a dozen folks, and at least that many dogs (like Gryphon and Edgar here), collecting trash and recorded their finds on data cards. To learn more about the study, visit Why Trash Data Study.
For instructions and downloadable data cards and clean-up zone maps, click here.
Volunteer participation is essential
to make this project a success!

To learn how your family, business, conservation organization or
youth group can participate in
a meaningful and fun community service
or team-building event,
Contact Us
Feds Could Take Over the Dam

The Waterbury Dam may eventually come under federal control. Located on the Litter River, three miles upstream from the junction with the Winooski River, the dam is currently owned by the state ... for now. To read  the full article, click here.

The Friends of Waterbury Reservoir has joined the conversation about the future potential transfer of ownership of the dam. We want to hear from you! What are your ideas and concerns? Contact Us.
Who Ya Gonna Call?
Helpful Phone #'s When You're on the Res'
Emergency: 911
VT State Police Marine Division: 802-878-7111
VT Fish & Wildlife Enforcement: 802-229-9191
Little River State Park: 802-244-7103
Waterbury Center Day Use: 802-244-1226
VT Loon Recovery Program: 802-649-1431
DEC Aquatic Invasive Species: 802-490-6120
Common Loons on the Res' 

Since 1978, the Vermont Loon Recovery Project at the Vermont Center for EcoStudies has been working with citizens, lakeshore owners, hydro dam operators, lake associations, state agencies, and other conservation groups to secure the future of Vermont loons.
How to Swim Along 

Boating Guide to the Res'
Thousands of visitors every year enjoy and share this special place within the Mt. Mansfield State Forest.The Reservoir offers unique recreational opportunities for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, and other quiet uses, as well as motor-boating, including using personal watercraft, and water skiing.
The Boating Guide to the Waterbury Reservoir represents an effort to manage potentially conflicting uses so that everyone can enjoy this unique local resource in a safe manner.
FWR Team Leader Openings
The Friends of Waterbury Reservoir Wants YOU! Our growing Vermont non-profit is bursting at the seams with goals, ideas and opportunities, all of which require team leaders who are committed, energetic, conservation-minded, and who have a collaborative spirit. Of particular need over the next 12-24 months are team leaders for:
  • Waterbury Dam ownership transfer conversation - attending public hearings, conducting research, preparing a draft position paper for Board and membership review
  • Updating the Waterbury Reservoir Boating Guide - research, collaboration with State and local agencies, securing sponsorship, preparation and publication
  • Management of aquatic invasive species (brittle naiad) and preventing the introduction of invasive eurasian watermilfoil - collaborating with the VT Dept of Environmental Conservation, Waterbury Conservation Commission, and volunteers
  • Improvement of the Cottonbrook canoe access - collaborating with the VT Dept of Forests, Parks & Recreation, gathering input from users, and more
  • Preparing and filing for federal 501(c)(3) status

Legislative Update

H.356 Prohibiting Littering In or the On Waters of the State   
Update – May 6, 2014

This bill passed both the House and the Senate on April 23 when the House concurred with the Senate proposal of amendment. For the official version of this bill as passed by the House and Senate, Click Here.

H.526 An Act Relating To The Establishment Of Lake Shoreland Protection Standards
Update - May 6, 2014

On April 25, 2014, the House and Senate conference committee on H.526 unanimously agreed on compromise wording and passed the bill out of committee.  The revised bill passed the Senate on a voice vote on April 30 and passed the House on a 93-42 vote on May 5. For details, Click Here.

Every contribution makes a difference as Friends of Waterbury Reservoir works to protect, improve and enhance the ecological, recreational and community values of the Waterbury Reservoir.
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Meet the New Floating Ranger
Battling Invasive Aquatic Species
Sponsorship opportunities
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