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Introduction / Overview

Welcome to the web site of the Wild and Scenic River Study of the Upper Missisquoi River and Trout River.

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National Wild and Scenic Rivers System

The Upper Missisquoi River and the Trout River are the first two rivers in Vermont to be considered for inclusion under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

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Upper Missisquoi River
& Trout River Study

This web site provides information on the Wild and Scenic River Study of the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers in Vermont.

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Designation FAQs

Please see the supplement from our January 2010 minutes for more information on Wild and Scenic Designation. This supplement is comprised of the notes our coordinator took at our January meeting of the presentation by National Park Service staff on the implications of designation. Link to Supplement.

 

Study Committee

The Wild and Scenic River Study of the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers formally commenced in September 2009 with the inaugural meeting of the locally-based Study Committee. The formation of this committee was the first critical step of the study process.

The membership of the Study Committee consists primarily of local residents of the towns within the study area. Read about the committee members.

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Study Coordinator

Shana Stewart Deeds was hired in January 2010 as the Study Coordinator. Read about Shana.

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Meetings

Meetings of the Study Committee take place on the third Thursday of each month usually at 7 pm. Locations vary. Notices and Agendas are posted here.

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Wild and Scenic River Study Committee

Next Meeting

Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Time: 7 PM
Place: To Be Announced
Town/Village: Likely in Franklin County
Directions:

Agenda:  Agenda to follow: Summer updates will be via conference call with the Town Appointees. Please contact the Coordinator with comments or questions.

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Minutes

Minutes of the Meetings of the Study Committee are posted here.

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Photo Contest

The Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Study is always looking for photos of the Missisquoi and Trout Rivers. We will be sure to give you photo credit for your submissions. Send any digital photos to the contact information below.

Winners of our photo contests will be featured on our website and in our newsletters. Digital copy may be emailed to info[at]vtwsr[dot]org Please include information about where the photo was taken, and give your name for photo credits.

2011 Wild & Scenic Photo Contest Winners

 

Site Map

Directory of pages on this website.

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Burgess Branch in Winter


This page last updated June 21, 2014

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Wild and Scenic River Study Committee

Next Meeting

Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Time: 7 PM
Place: To Be Announced
Town/Village: Likely in Franklin County
Directions:

Agenda:  Agenda to follow: Summer updates will be via conference call with the Town Appointees. Please contact the Coordinator with comments or questions.

Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic River Study and Environmental Assessment Released; view here: UpperMissisquoiTroutRiversPressRelease052314.pdf

The National Park Service has released the Study Report and Environmental Assessment for the proposal to designate segments of the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers in Vermont as National Wild and Scenic Rivers. The report is available on the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website. The public is encouraged to visit the site to review the document and provide comments. Comments may be submitted until August 29, 2014 at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/Missisquoi

Study Report and Environmental Assessment (April 2014)

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Berkshire, Enosburgh/Enosburg Falls, Montgomery, Richford, Troy/North Troy, and Westfield all voted Yes to support petitioning Congress to include the upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers as National Wild and Scenic Rivers. Lowell did not support designation at their Town Meeting vote today.

Many thanks to all of the Study Committee members who worked to get information to their communities so that they could make an informed decision about designation.

For results of the votes at Town Meetings, please see the minutes from the March 21, 2013 Study Committee Meeting.

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LEGISLATION NEWS

Vermont's Congressional delegation has introduced bills in both the House and Senate to amend the National Wild and Scenic Act to include the upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers.

Introduction occurred on June 27, 2013 and was accompanied by the following press announcement:

WASHINGTON, June 27 - The Upper Missisquoi and Trout rivers in northern Vermont would be added to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System under legislation introduced today by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.).

The system managed by the Department of the Interior was established in 1968 to recognize and preserve rivers with remarkable scenic and recreational value. Today, 40 other states have rivers listed under the Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

The legislation was recommended by a committee created by Congress in 2009 to evaluate the rivers' potential for wild and scenic designation. The committee earlier this year unanimously recommended that the Upper Missisquoi and Trout rivers become Vermont's first in the Wild and Scenic System. The designation was supported at Town Meeting Day votes by Berkshire, Enosburg Falls, Enosburgh, Montgomery, North Troy, Richford, Troy and Westfield.

"We're excited about the introduction of this bill which, if passed, will recognize the gems that the Missisquoi and Trout Rivers really are," said Shana Deeds, study coordinator of the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Study Committee. "This bill comes out of the work and dedication of local community members and with the support of the eight municipalities which voted for designation at their town meetings. This Wild and Scenic status can help us promote the use of the rivers for recreation while not taking anything away from the landowners who make their homes and livings along the banks of these waters. We are looking forward to designation and thank Vermont's Congressional Delegation for introducing this bill."

Designation under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act will protect the natural, cultural and recreational qualities of the Upper Missisquoi and Trout rivers; enabling continued enjoyment of the rivers by fishermen, hunters and paddlers. It will also help maintain good water quality within the rivers, as well as in Lake Champlain, where the Missisquoi River flows into.

The announcement was heard on VPR on the following day - 06/28/13

VPR Link

Lawmakers Want Vermont Rivers Added To Federal System

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

The three members of Vermont's congressional delegation are hoping to add the Upper Missisquoi and Trout rivers in the northern part of the state to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

Senators Patrick Leahy, Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch introduced legislation Thursday to add the Vermont rivers to the system managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Currently 40 other states have rivers listed under the system, created in 1968 to recognize and preserve rivers with scenic and recreational value.

The designation would protect the natural, cultural and recreational qualities of the rivers for fishermen, hunters and paddlers. It would also help maintain water in the rivers.

Senator Sanders' website has the press release online

Here are the links to the bills:
Senate - S. 1252
House - H.R. 2569

HEARING ANNOUNCEMENT 07/18/13: U.S. SENATE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES

A hearing has been scheduled before the Subcommittee on National Parks. The hearing will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, to receive testimony on several bills including: S. 1252, to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the Missisquoi River and the Trout River in the State of Vermont, as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

MARKUP ANNOUNCEMENT 11/21/13: U.S. SENATE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES

A markup has been scheduled before the Natural Resources Committee. The markup will be held on November 21, 2013, to consider S. 1252, To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the Missisquoi River and the Trout River in the State of Vermont, as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

RESULTS: By unanimous consent, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed the bill by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a committee member, and co-sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).

Companion legislation sponsored by Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) was introduced earlier this year in the House of Representatives.

HEARING ANNOUNCEMENT 02/26/14: U.S. HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE ON PUBLIC LANDS AND ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION

A hearing has been scheduled before the Natural Resources Committee's Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation. The hearing will be held on February 26, 2014 to consider H.R. 2569 (Welch), To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the Missisquoi River and the Trout River in the State of Vermont, as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

MARKUP ANNOUNCEMENT 05/29/14: U.S. HOUSE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES

A markup has been scheduled before the Natural Resources Committee. The markup will be held on May 29, 2014 to consider H.R. 2569 (Welch), To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the Missisquoi River and the Trout River in the State of Vermont, as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

RESULTS: On Thursday, May 29th the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Natural Resources had a markup of our Bill H.R. 2569 (Welch) to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the Missisquoi River and the Trout River in the State of Vermont, as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. "Upper Missisquoi and Trout Wild and Scenic Rivers Act." A full account of the hearing including a recording my be found here: http://naturalresources.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=381117

The Committee reports the following: "The Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 2569 by unanimous consent.

An Amendment offered by Mr. Bishop of Utah Amendment #1 was AGREED TO by unanimous consent.

Adopted and favorably reported to the House of Representatives, as amended, by unanimous consent."

Click on this link to see a pdf file of the map of the:
Area of the Missisquoi and Trout Rivers
under study for designation

Click this link to see the VIDEO of the
Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers
Wild and Scenic Study
.

Listen to an MP3 File of Shana Stewart Deeds being interviewed by Jane Lindholm on Vermont Edition on VPR February 27, 2013 as they discussed Wild and Scenic designation as one of the interesting articles up for vote at Town Meeting this March.

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The final Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Management Plan is now available (see links below). This is a non-regulatory Plan summarizing the information collected over the three year study by the locally appointed Study Committee, illustrating examples of management success stories in our region, and encouraging the voluntary recommendations which the Study Committee feels will maintain the Missisquoi and Trout Rivers in healthy condition. It may be used regardless of designation. The Study Committee met on January 17, 2013, discussed the final comments and changes suggested by community members, and revised the Plan prior to Town Meeting. The final Management Plan was available on our website prior to Town Meetings in March 2013. Hard copies of the Plan will be available in Town Clerk and Village Manager offices, and in local libraries. Should designation occur, it will be based on this locally-developed Management Plan and would not involve federal acquisition or management of lands.

Link to the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Management Plan
Link to the Study Committee Cover Letter
Link to the Executive Summary
Link to the Maps
Link to the Appendices

VOTE ON WILD AND SCENIC DESIGNATION: At the March 2013 Town Meetings, the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers Wild and Scenic Study brought the following article to vote in nine municipalities in the Study area (Berkshire, Richford, Enosburgh, Enosburg Falls, Montgomery, Troy, North Troy, Westfield, and Lowell): To see if the voters of the Town of X will petition the Congress of the United States of America that the upper Missisquoi and Trout Rivers be designated as Wild and Scenic Rivers with the understanding that such designation would be based on the locally-developed rivers Management Plan and would not involve federal acquisition or management of lands.

As you can see, designation would be based on the voluntary Management Plan above. Any questions about designation may be sent either to your local representative on the Study Committee or the Study Coordinator (contact info below).

Latest Newsletter of the Wild and Scenic River Study

Missisquoi Visions. These are the words used to describe the vision of the Missisquoi and Trout's future by the attendees of the 11/17/11 Study Committee meeting. The larger the word, the more time it was mentioned by attendees.

 

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