BRAT volunteers working for healthy water

Ludlow Elementary School students cleaning up the Black River
Ludlow Elementary School students cleaning up the Black River. Photo by Lisa Marks

REGION – August is National Water Quality Month and the Black River Action Team is right in the thick of it! All activities are prioritized to support the state of Vermont’s Tactical Basin Plan, which uses BRAT’s volunteer monitoring data to strategize projects and recommendations for improving and protecting water quality around the watershed.

Some of the work BRAT volunteers are doing this summer includes:

  • Monitoring swimming holes for bacteria levels. Check out weekly results online at or onsite at Buttermilk Falls in Ludlow, Twenty Foot Hole in Reading, and Greven Field in Proctorsville;
  • Collecting samples at 42 sites around the watershed;
  • Gathering data and samples at six lakes and ponds through the Lakes Lay Monitoring Program;
  • Monitoring and surveying for aquatic and shoreline invasive plants;
  • Gathering information for an ongoing atlas of dragonflies of the Black River watershed;
  • And, gearing up for the 22nd Annual RiverSweep cleanup for Sept. 11.

Get involved with BRAT as a volunteer, or show your support by making a tax-deductible donation to BRAT, 101 Perley Gordon Rd, Springfield VT 05156.

Learn more about the Tactical Basin Plan at and stay tuned to how you can be part of the public process that informs the TBP. Get in touch with BRAT through their website for more information about all projects at, or contact BRAT director Kelly Stettner directly via email at Voice messages may be left at 802-738-0456.

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