Friends of Waterbury Reservoir e-Newsletter
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April 2015


Friends of Waterbury Reservoir is a Vermont non-profit organization committed to protecting, improving and enhancing the ecological, recreational, and community values of the Waterbury Reservoir. We accomplish this through stewardship, research, community involvement, collaboration with all stakeholders, and connecting people and place. To learn more about our Mission, Vision & Core Values and to Join Us, visit

In This Issue

  • A Few Seats Left: Willem Lange's "The Best Worst Canoe Trip I Ever Was On"
  • Silent Auction Items List (as of April 9)
  • Show Your Support! Light-weight performance caps for sale, $18
  • Green-Up Day is Saturday, May 2
  • American Canoe Association / L.L. Bean Grant
  • The Floating Ranger Returns
  • Waterbury Center State Park Season Extended
  • Legislative Update: Citizens Take Action at Clean Water Day
  • Cold Water Boating Safety Tips
  • 2015 Meeting Schedule
  • Board & Ambassador Position Openings
  • Postcards from the Res
A Few Seats Are Left
For Our First Major Fundraising Event

Click Here for tickets
See below for a full list of Reservoir Community merchants, restaurants, and outdoor outfitters who have donated goods and services for a silent auction which will help the Friends of Waterbury Reservoir achieve our Mission.
Silent Auction Items *
(Retail Value Shown)
Umiak Outdoor Outfitters
Winooski River Trip for 2 ($90)
SUP Rental at Waterbury Ctr for 2 ($80)
Cartop Canoe Rental ($50)

VT State Parks
2015 Vehicle Pass ($80)
2015 Individual Pass ($25)
2 State Park Ball Caps ($12 each)

Keurig-Green Mountain
Keurig 2.0 Brewing System ($175)

Clearwater Sports
SUP Rental ($69)
Kayak Rental ($43)

Gift Certificate ($100)

VT Paddle Pups
Doggie Outdoor Goodie Box ($100)

The Reservoir Restaurant
2 Gift Certificates ($50 each)
Sue Prenmore
3 Hand-crafted necklaces ($20 each)

Hen of the Wood Restaurant
Gift Certificate ($50)

CC Outdoor Outfitters
Gift Certificate ($50)

Orah Moore Photography
Matted and signed photo of a heron on the Waterbury Reservoir ($45)

The Alchemist Brewery
4-Pack of Heady Topper  ($15)
4-Pack of Focal   ($15)
Logo Glassware ($6 each)
Photo ID required

* As of Thursday, April 9

To contribute an item to this silent auction, contact Laurie Smith at
802-760-7286 or
A special thank-you for supporting this event ...

Willem Lange
Green Mountain Club
Cabot Cheese
Keurig-Green Mountain employee volunteers
Watch for announcements of upcoming fundraiser events this spring and summer hosted by our friends PieCasso in Stowe and Hen of the Wood in Waterbury!
Show Your Support
Light-Weight Performance Caps for Sale, $18

Available while supplies last at the April 15 fundraiser event
100% polyester; all mesh cap with mesh inserts and reflective taping; unstructured; precurved bill with reflective bill trim; self-fabric adjustable loop Velcro® closure
Green-Up Day is Saturday, May 2
and Phase II of our Trash Data Study begins
Green-Up Day 2015 is Saturday, May 2.

Friends of Waterbury Reservoir volunteers will be out en-force on and around the Reservoir, particularly the parking lots at Blush Hill and Waterbury Dam, Cottonbrook canoe access, and the so-called Elephant Rock. In addition to picking up trash, we'll also be recording what we find on as part Phase II of the Waterbury Reservoir Trash Data Study.
The Waterbury Reservoir Trash Data Study is citizen-led science to inform management (VT Agency of Natural Resources) to make a place better and easier to use. To the best of our knowledge, there is no other project like it in the United States. Volunteers and State Park staff participate in trash collection and data reporting from May – October.
The data will help answer:
  • the actual quantity of trash found on and around the Reservoir,
  • whether water quality is being effected,
  • whether there is a wildlife impact,
  • where the trash is most often found and how / when did it get there,
  • whether the trash is being re-distributed throughout the lake due to normal water currents or storm events, and
  • whether there are other factors that influence the arrival, distribution and re-distribution of trash.
This ongoing and complex project is consistent with the research and stewardship components of our Mission, Vision & Core Values.

Click Here to learn more, sign up to volunteer, and to download fillable trash data cards with instructions and clean-up zone maps.

Keurig-Green Mountain employee volunteers participated in the August 2014 American Rivers Clean-Up on the Reservoir. They recovered hundreds of pieces of trash at two sites, and carefully recorded all of the data.

Plastic single-use bottles are one of the top-five debris items found on and around the Reservoir in 2014.

Click Here to see what we learned in Phase I of the study.

Grant Received from American Canoe Association

The Friends of Waterbury Reservoir has received our very first grant! We are grateful that the American Canoe Association (ACA) has awarded us $700 to support Phase II of our Trash Data Study.

The grant funds will be used to cover the costs of supplies including buckets, nets, stewardship signing, promotional media and print materials, and more.
The purpose of the CFS Grant Program is to encourage paddling clubs to take an active role in protecting and improving our nation's waterways.

Since 2002, the ACA / LL Bean Club-Fostered Stewardship Grants have helped paddling clubs and organizations improve their waterways and make the world a better place to paddle! Through funds provided by L.L. Bean, the Club Fostered Stewardship Grant program has provided nearly $120,000 to over 120 different stewardship initiatives since 2002.
The Floating Ranger Returns!
VT State Parks' Terry Wendelken
will be back in the saddle ... um ... the Boston Whaler in 2015
In 2013, the Friends of Waterbury Reservoir advocated for the installation of a full-time State Park Ranger presence on the Waterbury Reservoir throughout the busy summer season. In 2014, VT State Parks funded one full-time seasonal position and hired Terry Wendelken. In 2015, the Floating Ranger returns!

Click Here for the Waterbury Record's June 2014 interview with Terry.
Wendelken’s job is part of a three-year plan developed by the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation in collaboration with the Friends of Waterbury Reservoir. Click Here to learn more about this plan.

Over the summer, Wendelken will continue gathering information about the Reservoir's remote and day-use campsites via water and on the ground, recording data on boater usage, participating in the Trash Data Study, and also answering campers’ questions.
He works in collaboration with the rangers at both the Little River and the Waterbury Center day-use parks, and with Vermont Fish & Wildlife wardens and Vermont State Police officers, to ensure visitors enjoy the reservoir safely, and without causing problems for themselves or others.

And Wendelken wants people to know that he's there to help. “I am out here and available if there are any issues or problems,” he said. “I am available to talk, too; just call me over and I’ll come and see what’s going on.”
Waterbury Center State Park Season Extended
Popular day-use park to remain open through October 12
In 2014, frequent users of the popular Waterbury Center State Park successfully petitioned the VT Dept of Forests, Parks & Recreation (FPR) to keep the park open into the early fall.

The experiment was a success - despite a relatively cool and damp fall - and FPR's Susan Bulmer announced in January that the park will operate from May 15 - October 12, 2015!
Click Here for the full State Park operating season.     Photo courtesy VT State Parks
Legislative Update
Citizens Take Action on Clean Water Day at the Legislature
Article Re-Post With Permission from Lake Champlain Committee
On March 17 nearly 200 water quality activists gathered at the Vermont State House in Montpelier to call for strong water quality protections and stable ongoing funding for water projects. During a press conference held during the day a farmer, angler, sailing educator and members of watershed groups all urged action to protect and restore waterways across the state.

Eleven-year-old Anika Eastman, a member of Trout Unlimited since she was 4, emphasized the importance. “Please help pass this bill, and fully fund it, not only for the fish, but for me, and my generation, so that we can have clean water in Vermont,” Eastman said.
Governor Peter Shumlin, House Speaker Shap Smith, Senate Majority Leader John Campbell and other legislative leaders addressed the crowd and then participants fanned out in the State House to lobby legislators. The "Clean Water Day" event demonstrated Vermonters' support for statewide action to clean up polluted waters.

On April 2, 2015, Vermont House Bill H35, "An act related to improving the quality of state waters", passed on a vote of 133 to 11. The Bill is now in the Senate, where it will need to be reconciled with Senate Bill S49. To follow this bill:
Top Ten Boating Safety Tips
Planning to Paddle? Know Your Limits!

When getting ready to head out on your next paddling trip, be sure to keep these five safety tips in mind to ensure you have an enjoyable time on the water.

1. Take an on-water Course - whether it's a safety or skill development course, an ACA on-water instruction course provides the information you need for canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, rafting or safety & rescue.

2.  Wear Your Lifejacket - Expect to capsize and swim occasionally when paddling a canoe, kayak, SUP or raft? Learn more about PFDs and how they might just save your life.

3. Cold Water Safety - Cold water is extremely dangerous! Learn more about protecting yourself in this environment.

4. Rules of the Road - What paddlers need to know when sharing the waterways.

5. Safety Check - Safety tips you need to consider the next time you head out on the water.

6. Practices, Ethics and Conduct - Key points on how to appropriately share, and enjoy our natural paddling resources.

7. Know Your Limits - Good things to contemplate before you leave shore..

8. River Paddler's Guide to Rescue - The basics, just in case...

9. Best Practices for Paddlers and Paddlesports Programs

10. Trip Preparation and Planning - Getting ready to schedule your next trip? Learn more useful tips.

We Want You!

Board & Ambassador Position Openings
Board of Directors (Staggered 2-Year Terms):
  • 1 At-Large Member representing motorboat operators
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
Special Teams (Leaders and Members): Ambassadors:
  • Any individual Reservoir Community member who is fully invested in our Mission, Vision, and Core Values and is willing and able to actively and collaboratively participate in decision-making and stewardship activities.
* Nominations for any Board, Officer, and Ambassador position may be made by any member and are considered by the current President, Board members, and Ambassadors. The organization's Bylaws are available on request.
2015 Meeting Schedule
The Reservoir Community is invited and encouraged to join us

Wed. 1/21/2015
Wed. 4/15/2015
TBA Summer 2015 *
TBA October 2015

6:00-8:00 pm

Green Mountain Club Hiker Center, Waterbury Center

Board & Ambassadors executive sessions will be scheduled separately.

The agenda will be posted online  a week or so before each meeting.

Recurring topics include strategic planning, long-term project planning, collaboration with VT State Parks and other stakeholders, and event planning.

Special topics may be introduced at any time, and suggestions from the Reservoir community are welcome and encouraged. Some meetings will include guest speakers. Pre-registration may be requested if we anticipate a full house.

* Summer 2015 meeting may be held on the Reservoir
Postcards from the Res'

This PaddlePup is ready for springtime canoe camping on the Reservoir!

Photo courtesy
Sheila Goss

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