Slow the Rain, Montpelier!

A lot of the conversation about the health of Lake Champlain focuses on agriculture, so it isn't surprising that many people don't realize that one acre of developed land -- roofs, driveways, streets -- can shed more phosphorus than an acre of ag land (according to the Lake Champlain Basin Program, State of the Lake 2018).

Our tiny capital contributes pollution to the Winooski River, and ultimately, Lake Champlain. Capital residents can take action to reduce that contribution by looking around their yards for simple ways to Slow it Down and Clean It Up. Friends of the Winooski River has some suggestions to get you started! Click here for a fun brochure. 


Donate Now 

Your financial support has a direct impact on the river! Your $50 donation purchases 10 trees or shrubs to reduce erosion and improve habitat. Your $100 donation allows us to add another water quality sampling site, so that we can pinpoint problem spots and start working on solutions. 

Your membership means more steps toward a clean, healthy, and resilient Winooski watershed.

Sponsor our Paddle Program

Do you love to get out on the water? We have three paddling events this summer, and we're seeking Sponsors. We have been sponsored in the past by Ben & Jerry's, Concept2, Seventh Generation, and many more Vermont brands who want to connect with outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Our events draw hundreds of participants, volunteers, and spectators, and we would be proud to thank you for sponsoring these fun days on the water. 

Contact Michele Braun (michele [at] to become a sponsor today. 


Mud Season Arrives 

April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring polluted runoff to streams in our watershed. Do you have erosion issues on your land? We can help you find solutions! 

We work with private landowners to design green solutions to erosion and runoff problems, and we can provide funding to make improvements so that your land isn't damaged by storms, and isn't washing mud into streams. 

Contact us today at [email protected] to tell us what's happening when it rains on your land. We would love to help!

We planted 4,000 trees!

Winooski watershed volunteers plant thousands of native trees and shrubs along streambanks every year to reduce erosion and improve habitat and water quality. You can join us on any of our planting days. Put together a crew for an employee service day -- it's a fun day outside, and rewarding to make a difference for our rivers. Check out dates and locations here:

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