The Ompompanoosuc River is short enough that even small things we do can
make a lasting difference. Come this Thursday night to West Fairlee's
Community Building for a 6:30 pm presentation and discussion on the
Pompy's water quality. Let's see what our 3 towns can do to to make our
Ompompanoosuc a ribbon of light.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can
change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."- Margaret
We all live downstream!
THE PROBLEM: E. coli bacteria is a possible indicator of fecal
contamination of water and the presence of harmful, disease-causing
microbes. E. coli can come from many sources, including beaver and
waterfowl, failing septic systems, and agricultural sources such
livestock. Water quality testing in 2006 and 2007 detected E. coli
bacteria in a 9 mile reach of the Ompompanoosuc River within West Fairlee
and Thetford. Variable test results over the past several years suggest
further testing needs to be done. Our section of the Ompompanoosuc does
not currently meet Vermont Water Quality Standards and is considered
impaired. As a result, there is now an EPA approved Total Maximum Daily
Load or non-point source pollution allocation plan for our portion of the
CALL TO ACTION: Come to a roundtable discussion to review this plan, the
possible sources of bacteria, recently completed and on-going water
quality restoration efforts as well as the next steps we need to take.
WHEN: Thursday, February 5th at 6:30 P.M. [“Storm Date” – February 12th]
WHERE: West Fairlee Community Building [located diagonally across from
B&B Market], downstairs meeting room of the Town offices.
WHAT: Ground water and watershed experts* will give us an overview of:
• Our watershed area
• Results of the latest E. coli testing
• Potential sources of this bacteria
• Local restoration projects under way
• Actions landowners can take to help reduce E. coli levels
• Septic system maintenance
• Agricultural best management practices
• Financial and other assistance available
WHY: We all have a stake in water quality. Surface water quality must be
clean enough to protect our drinking water and recreational resources and
to sustain fish and wildlife.
Come! Bring your family, neighbors & questions.
Refreshments to be served + Handouts available to take home
QUESTIONS? Call Peg Willey: 333-4155 or Guy Wilson: 222-7054
*Speakers will include staff scientists from the Vermont Department of
Environmental Conservation, the White River Natural Resources Conservation
District, Vermont Association of Conservation Districts, and Upper Valley