Watershed Management Plan

Hello Otter Creek partners and stakeholders,

I’d like to thank those of you who braved the Brandon road construction to attend the Kick-off meeting! It was great to hear from you as I’m preparing for the Tactical Basin Plan re-write. Your insights and questions were very helpful…many thanks!

In an effort to continue our Basin 3 conversation, I’m pleased to share an updated version of the Story Map that Ethan and I presented. It’s pretty easy to use, just click the link below and look through the tabs for all the content. Don’t miss the embedded content such as: videos/webinars, links to VTDEC webpages, and a schedule for Vermont Invasive Patroller (VIP) trainings, too! I’ll be adding to it over time, so check back often for updates. Please let me know if you have questions and as always, feel free to share with anyone I’ve overlooked.


Green-up Day

Green-up Day was May 5th. We met at Sycamore Park.  The Bristol Cub Scouts did a great job again this year picking up a large pile of tires, trash and metal. It was a warm and sunny day but few anglers showed up to help. Hopefully next year we can get more volunteers.


Earth Day Tree Planting at Lewis Creek

On April 22, Stever Barlett, a dozen Middlebury College Alpine Ski Team Members  and a few NHRAA members planted willows at a farm on Tyler Bridge Road. Preparing willow wattles and fascines, planting and “live staking” those wattles and fascines and planting willow whips was accomplished as necessary.  The river is small and shallow at this point. The other job accomplished by the crew was to remove a mature tree that blew over on the stream bank.




Access Map to the New Haven River.

Some sites have changed due to Private Ownership and Posted Areas. Ask permission if you plan to fish those locations.


There are many aspects of Conservation. We spend time on river clean-up during Green-up Day and every time one of our group fishes.

Assisting State Fish Stocking

The assistance will require volunteers to help move trophy trout from the trucks into the river. They take place on East Creek in Rutland, Otter Creek in Danby, and the Walloomsac River in Bennington.

On Monday 4-30 NHRAA and TU members helped stock East Creek.

On 5/22 and 5/24 East Creek and Otter Creek were again stocked with trophy trout, Peter Burton, Doug Zehner, and Paul Urband assisted. Of course it's not all work! Join us next time.

We teach students to respect and protect the river environment.