Certification & Award
Next Steps & Technical Assistance
Follow-Up & Reassessment
Assessment Protocol and Evaluation Criteria
The Stream Wise Assessment Protocol for properties on streams and rivers is based on research conducted on riparian buffer programs, regulations, and guidelines for Vermont, New York, and Quebec under a grant sponsored by the Lake Champlain Basin Program.
Desktop Assessment Atlas
Use the Stream Wise Atlas to complete the Desktop Assessment portion of the Stream Wise assessment prior to going into the field. Enter data from the Atlas in your Fulcrum app.
Stream Wise uses Fulcrum to record data. Contact LCBP for login information.
Get the app on iTunes App Store and Google Play.
Fulcrum App: Vermont
VT assessors: Please watch this video for Vermont instructions.
Fulcrum Tutorial: New York
NY Assessors: Please watch this video for New York instructions.
Fulcrum Tutorial: Quebec
QC Assessors: Please watch this video for Quebec instructions.
Sites that are awarded the Stream Wise sign represent model, stream-friendly properties.
Messaging & BMPs
Use this guide to help introduce Stream Wise, communicate impact and develop engagement.
This guide provides design standards and recommendations to maintain Stream Wise branding.
This kit helps Stream Wise and its host organizations manage branded social media accounts.
Download official Stream Wise logos to use in your communications.
Download official Stream Wise graphics to use in your communications.
Download approved photos to use in your Stream Wise communications.
Buffer Width Issues & Solutions
Buffer Zone Issues & Solutions
Buffer Vegetation Issues & Solution
In order to develop a regionally responsive Stream Wise Award Program that encourages private property owners to adopt and promote stream buffering protection and restoration practices on their property. A resource library was developed to enhance the understanding of the resources related to stream buffering or other riparian protection practices.
This is not meant as an exhaustive academic literature review of all possible stream buffering or riparian restoration practices, but rather a foundation to serve as the basis for Program Outline development as a reference point for existing regulations, programs, and practices potentially available to incorporate in Stream Wise. Stream Wise Program development will avoid overlap, communicate existing resources, and fill the gaps needed to support riparian landowners to be good stewards of streams and rivers.
Advisory Committee: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Adirondack Park Agency, The Vermont Nature Conservancy
2023 Community Partners: Ausable River Association, Franklin County Natural Resource Conservation District, Franklin Watershed Committee, Friends of the Winooski River Inc., Lake Champlain Committee, Lamoille County Conservation District, Missisquoi River Basin Association, Organisme de basin versant de la baie Missiquoi, Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute
Stream Wise is a project of Lake Champlain Basin Program and NEIWPCC
Social Media Kit