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LaRosa Volunteer Monitoring

 

The LaRosa Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Analytical
Services Partnership (LaRosa Partnership Program)

Since 2003 this partnership has helped watershed associations and monitoring groups across the state of Vermont implement new and/or ongoing surface water monitoring projects for waters in need of water quality assessment by helping to alleviate the financial burden of laboratory analysis costs. 

Monitoring


Collage including several stoneflies on a rock, a 9-inch trout next to a ruler, a man wading with net


The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation's Watershed Management Division monitors the water quality of lakes, ponds, rivers, streams and wetlands across Vermont.

Dam Removal

Dam SiteDam removal has in recent years been used as a tool to restore rivers while addressing the on-going problems of aging, and deteriorating, infrastructure. Of the 1,200 known dams in Vermont, many no longer serve a useful purpose and impose legal and financial burdens on their owners. In some cases, removal of these dams makes sense for economic, public safety, ecological or social reasons.

Floodplains

Activities in floodplains are regulated through multiple jurisdictions:

  • Municipalities regulate flood hazard areas and river corridors through enrollment in the National Flood Insurance Program;
  • The State regulates flood hazard areas and river corridors for larger projects requiring an Act 250 land use permit; and
  • The State regulates flood hazard areas and river corridors through River Corridor & Floodplain Protection Rule for activities exempt from municipal regulation.

River Scientists

The four Vermont Regional River Scientists are the primary contact people for the physical assessment, restoration and protection of rivers and their corridors.

  The regional scientists provide the following services:

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