LONDONDERRY, Vt. – Please join us Thursday, Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Depot in South Londonderry for a brief walk and talk about Vermont rivers. Shayne Jaquith, watershed restoration manager from The Nature Conservancy, will present a program on the physical nature of our rivers. The discussion will touch on historic and current stressors that affect flood resiliency, water quality, and in stream and floodplain habitat, and what is being done by TNC and its partners to restore Vermont rivers.
Serious human alteration to rivers of the Northeast dates back to early European colonization. The dredging and straightening of rivers to accommodate human activities has had significant impact on their stability. Active management to control rivers and protect societal investments continues to this day. However, a growing understanding of the natural processes that maintain rivers is bringing about a change in our approach to river management. As climate change results in an increased frequency and magnitude of flood events and the biodiversity that relies in-part on healthy river and floodplain systems it is more important than ever that we develop a societal understanding of how we can live alongside these natural systems.
The Londonderry Conservation Commission, in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy, will sponsor this free program and invites the community to come along and learn more about the rivers of Vermont.