Our Goal is a Clean, Healthy, Resilient Winooski Watershed.

Founded in 1998, Friends of the Winooski River is a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and protection of the Winooski River and its watershed. We hope to create a community of stewards working to improve watershed health by reducing pollution, improving habitat, and increasing river stability, while also encouraging sustainable enjoyment of the river.

Friends of the Winooski has helped to educate me a lot about how my and our actions affect this watershed for better or worse. It's a work in progress for everyone! Thank you Friends!

Scottie, Plainfield


Tons of trash removed from the Winooski River


Habitats improved


Water quality samples analyzed


Trees and shrubs planted



Our Work in the Watershed

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River News & Information


Letter to Our Friends 2023

Homes, businesses, and a few entire towns were upended by the historic flooding in the Winooski River watershed this summer. Read full blog post at this link. 

Nov 22 2023

PFAS Primer for Winooski River Watershed Residents

We gave FWR volunteer science writer Jenny Blair some of the questions we receive about PFAS, and she has dug into the subject to provide a lot of pertinent facts for you. 

Sep 25 2023

Join Us for Dinner

Celebrate 25 years of working together to restore the health of our watershed!  We’ll enjoy live music by Colin McCaffrey, recognition of some of our outstanding volunteers, and a presentation about beavers in the landscape by Tyler Brown, ...

Mar 18 2023