The Poultney-Mettowee Watershed Partnership
is a project of the Poultney-Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation
District in Vermont and the Washington County Soil and Water
Conservation District in New York with funding provided by the
Lake Champlain Basin Program and other partners. A steering
committee, made up of individuals and representatives of many
different stakeholder groups in the watershed, will make recommendations
to the Conservation Districts for management priorities and
on-the-ground project activities.
The mission of the
Poultney-Mettowee Watershed Partnership is to bring together
the efforts of citizens and organizations that share the common
vision of conserving, protecting, and enhancing the natural
and cultural resources of the watershed.
project can be many different things, including picking
up trash at a favorite swimming hole, building rip rap at an
eroding streambank, fencing cattle out of a stream, building
recreational or interpretive trails, educating youth about the
environment or hundreds of others. Many projects are already
underway and others are scheduled to begin soon. Community volunteers
will accomplish much of the work with leadership and funding
developed by the Partnership.
improve water quality.
enhance and interpret wildlife populations and habitats and
other natural resources.
a healthy agricultural-based economy while protecting, restoring,
and conserving the soil and water resources of agricultural
educate youth, educators, adults, residents, and visitors
about conservation practices and the environment around them.
maintain and enhance agriculture-related activities and nature-based
watershed is the land that water flows across or under on
its way to a stream, river, or lake. Within the watershed all
water eventually flows to the lowest point. On the way, water
travels over the surface of the land and across farm fields,
roads, forested lands, lawns, or it travels underground as ground
The 309,000-acre Poultney-Mettowee Watershed
is located in 17 Vermont and New York towns. The watershed is
compromised of a combination of farmlands, forested areas, villages,
and rural communities. These areas are home to a diversity of
wild and domestic plants and animals including several rare
and significant species.
involvement is key to the success of the Watershed Partnership.
Public forums and surveys are only two of the many methods
of assessment conducted by the Districts. Input from the
public is always welcome and encouraged. This website has been
created in order to provide people with another way to participate
in identifying projects or commenting on plans.
more information or to help out contact Marli Rupe or Joe Driscoll.