A major tributary of the Winooski River, the Dog originates in Roxbury, Vermont, and flows north approximately 20 miles, through the towns of Northfield and Berlin, before entering the Winooski River in the Vermont capital city of Montpelier. The Dog River drains an area of 94 square miles, and its major tributaries include Felchner Brook, Bull Run, Stony Brook, Sunny Brook, Union Brook, Cox Brook, and Chase Brook. The river is an important cold-water fishery resource that supports population of wild trout including brook, brown, and rainbow trout. Since 2000, the densities of fish have fluctuated, partly due to impacts from Tropical Storm (TS) Irene, and the river’s “Test Waters” designation was extended through 2018 to investigate this concern as the Dog River is not on the state’s list of impaired waters.
It is an evolving definition, but here are some ideas we are considering: