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subject Lower New Haven wood notes
author Chris W.
city Burlington
posted Sunday Nov 4th 2018, 9:26 PM

I was in a group that did the run last Friday afternoon (11/2). There are two new trees down that are obstructing much of the river:

Upstream of Bristol Rock (about here)

This tree is still anchored on the river-left bank, and was high enough (at ~1,000 cfs) to allow passing under it at a distance of 6-10 feet off that same bank. The concern is that it will keep sagging, and become a true river-wide obstruction at some point. Over the past 3 years some other trees have fallen over on this section of riverbank, which is adjacent to the last class 3 rapid before the river levels out for a while while as it passes Bristol Rock. This section of the bank is wooded and apparently being steadily eroded, so there are multiple trees that could become hazards over the next few years.

Upstream of the South Street bridge takeout (about here)

A large oak tree has fallen across the river from the river-right bank. One can pass it on far river-left, alongside the old iron diversion structure on the river-left bank. A major high water event could rip the tree loose at some point and potentially put it in an even worse position, or out of play (hopefully).

The river crested on Saturday at 2,310 cfs, which might have been enough to move it. We may get enough water this week (Mon-Tue) for another run. If so, somebody should report on it.

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