River Watch founder reflects on growth of the organization

ADDISON COUNTY RIVER Watch Collaborative co-founder Heidi Willis (right) and Kevin Behm, former deputy director of the Addison County Regional Planning Commission, check samples collected by the collaborative during the 2015 monitoring season. Willis, who’s helped grow the river watch group since its founding, will step down from her leadership position this month.  Photo courtesy of Matt Witten

When Martha “Heidi” Willis began sampling Addison County rivers during the early 1990s, she was part of county-wide efforts to monitor the health of local watersheds that were largely limited to a handful of untrained volunteers conducting water quality tests. 

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