A Phase 1 Stream Geomorphic Assessment was completed for the Gihon River by the Lamoille County Planning Commission during spring 2005, and a Phase 2 Stream Geomorphic Assessment was completed for the Gihon River by Bear Creek Environmental during summer 2006.
The Gihon River has a watershed size of 64.75 square miles just above its confluence with the Lamoille River in the Town of Johnson. The Gihon River flows south and joins the Lamoille River which drains westerly into Lake Champlain. The Gihon River drains from its forested headwaters in Eden Notch and from the southern flanks of Belvedere and Hadley Mountains. It joins the Lamoille River at approximately 488 feet above sea level.
The Johnson, Hyde Park, and Eden communities have the opportunity to provide long-term protection to the river corridor and encourage the reestablishment of floodplain vegetation and healthy instream habitat. A list of 32 potential restoration and conservation projects was developed during project identification. Types of projects include: river corridor protection through corridor easements and conservation efforts, replacing undersized structures causing channel instability, and improving riparian buffers.
The River Corridor Plan appears below for download.