Vermont River Experts Assess Recovery Post-Irene
August 28, 2012
As Vermonters reflect on the damage wrought by Tropical Storm Irene one year ago, some believe the damage to the state’s rivers was worsened by humans in the aftermath of the storm, according to an article on 7dvt.com.
For weeks and months after the August 2011 storm, government contractors, municipalities and private citizens took to the river to access stranded towns, rebuild roads and in ‘some cases’ take advantage of a temporary lawlessness to mine for gravel, wood and other natural resources.
According to one conservative estimate from Vermont Fish and Wildlife biologist Rich Kirn, at least 77 miles of southern and central Vermont rivers suffered ‘major degradation’ as a result of ill-advised stream widening, straightening, mining and berming.
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