Black River Action Team
101 Perley Gordon Rd
Springfield VT 05156
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
As the weather warms and we can begin exploring our shorelines (lake, pond, river, stream, wetland, and bog) again, everyone is invited to be a Dragonfly Detective!
Help us learn more about which species are breeding where, when they are "eclosing" (emerging from the water to become adults), and what they can tell us about their habitat needs.
Exuvia of a Didymops transversa (Stream cruiser) dragonfly
"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.