In the Spring of 2017 I started alerting the Town of Brattleboro and related parties to the increasing tire accumulation in the wetland just off the West River Trail . Last Fall Kathy Urffer , Steward of Connecticut River Conservancy , and a pirate crew of volunteers , including our local Fire Dept , set out on a cold rainy morning in our first attempt of tire retrieval . I believe we brought in around 133 tires that day .
On May 4th this Spring , volunteers from The West River Trail, S.E.Vt Watershed , Conn River Conservancy , and Brattleboro Fire Dept came to help along with volunteers from related area businesses , independent individuals , and also , VERY ENCOURAGING , a young man from our local school system . We got over 138 tires that day , this was more challenging then before as the tires were more spread out and in deeper water.
The Retreat Meadows outdoor ice skating across from Grafton Cheese factory outlet store on Rt 30 in Brattleboro: THIN ICE. 3 people fell through today. I saw 2 of them. I organized a rescue for one of them, but then he managed to get out before we had to actually do it, thankfully. 3 people fell through yesterday.
The West River is completely open water with no ice, all the way up to Townshend. This means the water is being warmed by the sun, the whole time it’s coming down the river. 20+ miles. The water is warmer than freezing temperature by the time it gets to Brattleboro, and melts the ice from underneath. This isn’t apparent by looking at the surface of the ice.
Due to the predicted heat, the July 3, 2018 Brattleboro Conservation Commission meeting will be held in the Planning Services Department of the Municipal Center at 5:15 PM. The previously scheduled work session at the West River Park is cancelled.
The Conservation Commission will hold a work session on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 from 5:15-7:00 PM at the West River Park, 333 West River Road, Brattleboro.