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Release Date: 07/24/1998
Contact Information: Alice Kaufman, 617/565.4592 Adair Mulligan, 603-795- 2104

Reporters are invited to join Regional Administrator John DeVillars during his 2-day tour of the upper Connecticut River. Please call to arrange interviews.

Itinerary for Upper Connecticut River Tour

July 28, 1998
orth Stratford, NH
Time: 12:00 pm
Meeting place:
Riverside Recreation field just downstream from the bridge to Bloomfield, VT
Canoe trip on the designated "natural" segment of the Connecticut River. Discussion of the Connecticut River Corridor Management Plan and the sustainable forestry initiative

Invited participants:

Rep. Janice Peaselee, Vermont
Stratford selectmen
Members of the Headwaters Subcommittee of the Connecticut River Joint Commissions

July 29, 1998
Miller's Run, Lyndonville, VT - 7/29
8:30 am-10 am
Meeting place:
The football field at Lyndon Institute
View new EPA funded demonstration projects in riverbank stabilization

Anticipated participants:

Tim McKay, Natural Resources Conservation Service of Essex and Caledonia Counties and CRJC Commissioner
Mike Kline, Water Quality Planner, VT Agency of Natural Resources
VT Secretary of Natural Resources Barbara Ripley

July 29, 1998
Lewis Farm Tour, Haverhill NH
11am-12:45 pm
Meeting place:
Lewis Farm on Court Street, Haverhill
Tour water quality-related improvements made at Lewis Farm funded by EPA. Project directed toward minimizing manure and nutrient runoff. Farmer Dale Lewis won an Environmental Merit Award from EPA in 1997 for his efforts.

    • Hear the results of water quality monitoring of the brook running through the farm from Steve Dickens of the River Watch Network -testing before, during, and after the improvements were made showed a corresponding improvement in the health of the aquatic community in Morris Brook
    • Learn about the success of nutrient management planning in Grafton County-a win-win situation for local farmers and rivers -from Tom Buob, Cooperative Extension Specialist
    • Learn about pest management planning, funded by the CRJC Partnership Program
Invited participants:

Councilor Raymond Burton, town officials, CRJC commissioners, VT ANR Secretary Barbara Ripley

Wednesday, July 29, 1998
Bradford, VT flood damage
1-1:30 pm
Meeting place:
Bradford fire station off Route 5 just south of town
Meeting to discuss recent flooding in Bradford and role of Interstate 91 and other development in the watershed. Also will talk with Bradford Emergency Management Officer Gary Moore to learn about recent events in Bradford, one of a number of small towns that were hit hard with heavy rains earlier this summer, and experienced substantial flood damage

Invited participant:

VT ANR Secretary Barbara Ripley

Ompompanoosuc River, Norwich VT
1:45-2:30 pm
Meeting place:
VT Fish & Wildlife Dept. Boat Launch off Route 5
River sediment sampling between the I-91 bridge and the Connecticut

Invited participants:

Bob Walker, volunteer coordinator of the Elizabeth Mine Study Group (volunteer group of local residents), which has won a CRJC Partnership grant to investigate the history of the mines and begin to look at possibilities for remediation
VT ANR Secretary Barbara Ripley