Vermont’s intricate network of rivers and streams delivers the lifeblood of fresh water to cities and towns across the state. They give us drinking water and absorb floodwaters, provide nutrients to the sea and to our farmlands, generate energy and offer scenic spots to fish, boat and swim—all while sustaining myriad natural communities.
In our efforts over time to grow crops, expand cities, generate electricity and keep floods at bay, we have thrown many of these systems out of balance, disrupting connections and impairing the ability of our waters and lands to support life and livelihoods.
The Nature Conservancy has a vision to restore and sustain fresh waters in the Green Mountain State and ensure that they will continue to support the people, plants and animals that depend on them. With your help, we can turn that vision into reality and use science to create alternatives to destructive and wasteful ways of using water.
Vermont has over 1,000 dams on its rivers and streams and thousands of undersized culverts that also block fish passage. We are reconnecting Vermont's waterways for fish and people one dam and culvert at a time.
The Connecticut River sustains diverse landscapes and communities, and provides one of the last remaining homes for many threatened species. See how we're working across state lines to restore the natural magnificence of New England's longest river.
In a once in 50 years re-licensing process for Connecticut River Dams, Conservancy scientists are helping to find ways to manage the river that benefits ecosystems and communities. Jump in!
It costs a lot less to protect a floodplain than to rebuild a town. The Conservancy helps preserve an additional 75 acre tract.
Farming and floodplain forest restoration have made a happy marriage at Maidstone Bends.