What began as a one-time cleanup of the Black River in southeastern Vermont has evolved into a full-blown grassroots watershed organization. Welcome to the wonderful, wet world of the Black River Action Team!
On Being a BRAT
RiverSweep - Sept. 11
The 22nd Annual RiverSweep cleanup is happening on Saturday, Sept 11th - headquarters will be set up at Riverside Middle School on Fairground Rd in Springfield.
Sign in after 8 AM, pick up gloves and bags, grab a buddy (or BYO), pick a site to work, and have at it! Return to HQ by 11 AM with your treasures so we can sort and tally the "goods," then clean up on-site and enjoy a free hot dog lunch - courtesy of JC's Market & Deli in North Springfield, Shaw's of Springfield, Deep River Snacks, and the fine grilling experts of the Calvary Baptist Church.
"How clean IS the Black River, anyway?"
From nutrient levels to chloride, dissolved solids to bacteria, BRAT volunteers known as River Dippers collect samples from around the watershed to be tested for a variety of parameters.
The River Dipper program is made possible in part by the Vermont Watershed Grant Program, which funded the purchase of several water quality probes in 2019.