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Addison County Water quality chat tonight in Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY — Over the past few years the Addison County River Watch Collaborative has teamed up with several Addison County towns’ Conservation Commissions to hold public forums for openly sharing information about local rivers and streams.
Hosted by the Middlebury Conservation Commission, Addison County River Watch Collaborative will hold a Water Quality Chat today, Monday, April 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Middlebury Town Offices. Light and tasty refreshments will be served.
“River Watch will talk about patterns we discern in the data we have collected, and we will also seek valuable local knowledge,” said Matt Witten, managing director of the citizen water-monitoring group. “We would like to hear residents’ and landowners’ observations about water-related matters ranging from good swimming holes to erosion hot-spots.”
The Middlebury Conservation Commission and Addison County River Watch Collaborative invite all those interested in water quality to participate in this Water Quality Chat. River Watch stream monitoring data will be presented and there will also be a chance for all participants to ask questions and discuss their concerns. River Watch staff and volunteers will discuss River Watch data from four local rivers: New Haven River, Middlebury River, Otter Creek and the Lemon Fair River.
River Watchers play the laudable and essential role of Citizen Scientists. They care about our rivers enough, not just to register their emotions (of course we all crave for our waters to be clean and healthy!), but also to spend their time and energy collecting samples from, observing, and taking meticulous notes about our rivers. Rather than expecting experts and officials to take care of our rivers, River Watchers go out in force to collect empirical data about our local waters, knowing that facts matter. These volunteers are not only caring for our rivers, they are demonstrating to society that we citizens — all of us — are capable of stewarding our common environment.
This Water Quality Chat is supported by the Rotary Club of Middlebury. The mission of River Watch is to assess the condition of Addison County’s creeks, streams and rivers over the long term, to raise public awareness of the values and functions of our watersheds, and to support stewardship that improves water quality.
The Middlebury Town Offices are at 77 Main St.
For more information contact Matt Witten at 434-3236; mwitten@gmavt.net. River Watch’s website is www.acrpc.org/acrwc. To contact the Middlebury Conservation Commission call Jennifer Murray, at 388-8100.

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