Lake Raponda Watershed Assessment

A State of Vermont grant to the Windham County Natural Resources Conservation District (WCNRCD) is funding an environmental baseline assessment of the watershed of Lake Raponda as it exists in 2019. We will gather data about the land and water native and invasive species present in the watershed and about flows and run-off factors emptying into the lake.

Maps of the area for the assessment:

Tools for the assessment:

  • Erosion assessment forms in Word and PDF formats: To document erosion related to streams, culverts, and roads. Upload completed forms and pictures here.
  • iNaturalist: To record animal and plant life. Download the app below.
  • Tools for the assessment:

Android app on Google Play  iPhone app in the Apple App Store

Assessment Events:

  • iNaturalist Training Friday, July 26 at 3:00 pm taught by environmentalist Abigail Winrich. Download the iNaturalist app to your phone or tablet and create an account, then register for the event here.
  • Stream Walk Assessment Training: Thursday August 8 at 9:30 am. Information and signup are here.
  • Paddle around the lake Saturday, August 10 at 10:00 am to identify culverts and streams that run into the lake. Information and signup are here.
  • Lake Raponda’s Watershed: What Is It & How It Affects Us: Mike Clough, “The Owl Guy,” Managing Director of the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, will present on Friday, August 23 at 3:00 pm. This will take place at Lake Raponda Green Mountain Beach. This activity promises to be an exceptionally engaging event in which Mike will talk about several live museum animals he will bring— how we and they are all integral parts of our Raponda watershed.
  • Watershed Invasive Aquatic Species Paddle: This event will be led by Laurie Callahan, SE VT Aquatic Invasive Species Project Coordinator on Friday, August 30 from 9:00 AM to noon. For information and signup, click here.
  • Culvert and Stream Assessments: September 1 and September 8 at 10:00 AM.  Results are here.

SAMPLE Documents (from South Lake Champlain assessment):

    Lake Raponda

About the Lake
About the Association
Lake Raponda Little Free Library
Gardens and Landscapes
Walks and hikes near the lake
Geocaches near the lake
The First Lake Raponda Hotel
The Second Lake Raponda Hotel
Vermont Lake Wise
Federation of Vermont Lakes and Ponds
House numbers

    Local Resources

Town of Wilmington
Wilmington Historical Society
Wilmington, 1900
Wilmington area charities
Wilmington Works
Recycling and Composting
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
Windham conservation events newsletter

    Local Activities

Chamber of Commerce Events
Memorial Hall Events
Wilmington Library Events
MHCA Movies in West Dover
Front Porch Forum
Brattleboro Time Trade


Dover Library Events Calendar
ibrattleboro Calendar
Deerfield Valley News Calendar
Brattleboro Commons Calendar
Vermont Humanities Council Calendar
Vermont Historic Sites Calendar

    Nearby Annual Events

June: Vermont Lakes Seminar
June: Strolling of the Heifers
July-Aug: Marlboro Music Festival
July-Sept: Informational Roundtables
Aug: Grace Cottage Fair
Aug: Deerfield Valley Farmers' Day Fair
Aug: Bondville Fair
Sept: Vermont Life Wine and Harvest Festival
Sept: Peru Fair
Sept: Guilford Fair
Sept: Marlboro Fair
Oct: Newfane Heritage Festival