The Mad-Dog Chapter of Trout Unlimited has received a grant of $2,000 through the Trout Unlimited national Embrace A Stream grant program for its East Burke Dam Riparian Improvement Project. Volunteers from the chapter will use the funds to restore the Passumpsic River in East Burke in order to stabilize banks after the East Burke Dam removal is complete.

“We’re thrilled to be able to do more great work restoring and improving the Passumpsic River thanks to this Embrace A Stream grant,” said Clark Amadon, Mad-Dog Chapter President. “With this grant, we will engage volunteers from our local community to work on a river we all know and love as residents and anglers.”

The East Burke Dam Riparian Improvement Project will involve planting hundreds of native riparian plants in order to ensure that the East Burke Dam removal site does not erode, causing damage to the trout habitat and downstream water quality. According to the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture, over 35% of Vermont’s native brook trout habitat is greatly reduced, due to sedimentation, habitat degradation, and thousands of dams. This project will be one step of many necessary to reclaim our streams and rivers, and allow native brook trout to repopulate our state.

Embrace A Stream is a matching grant program administered by Trout Unlimited that provides funds to local chapters and councils for coldwater fisheries conservation. Since its inception in 1975, the grant program has funded more than 1,000 individual projects for a total of $4.4 million in direct cash grants. Local chapters and councils contributed an additional $13 million in cash and in-kind services to EAS funded projects, for a total investment of more than $17 million.

“We’re thrilled to support the Mad-Dog Chapter in its efforts to improve such an important local trout stream,” said Russ Meyer, chair of the Embrace A Stream grants committee, a group of Trout Unlimited volunteer leaders from across the country. “This year’s grant applications were extremely competitive, but the proposal for the Passumpsic River stood out in our committee.”

Along with the $2,000 grant, the Mad-Dog Chapter will also be entered in the Embrace A Stream Challenge, a week-long online fundraising contest running Nov. 6-12 and sponsored by Orvis and Trout Unlimited to provide an additional $50,000 in cash prizes to these important conservation and education projects. To help the Mad-Dog Chapter win additional funds for the East Burke Dam Riparian Improvement Project visit from Nov. 6-12 and make a donation of as little as $10 to help unlock prizes ranging from $250 to $5,000.

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About the Mad-Dog Chapter of Trout Unlimited
The Mad-Dog Chapter of Trout Unlimited serves more than 270 members in Washington, Caledonia, Essex and Orleans Counties in Vermont. The chapter works with partners to restore local rivers, engage area youth in outdoor education and work to protect their coldwater resources.