Mink Hollow Stream Restoration Projects Near Completion

Posted on: September 15th, 2017 by Leslie_Zucker

Two stream restora­tion projects treat­ing over 2,000 feet of erod­ing stream chan­nel and two large hill­slopes are near­ing com­ple­tion in the Mink Hol­low sec­tion of the Beaver Kill stream in the Town of Wood­stock. The projects should end in early Sep­tem­ber. See pho­tos of the projects below.

The two adja­cent projects are over­seen by the Ulster County Soil and Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict (SWCD). Ever­green Moun­tain Con­tract­ing, Inc. is con­struct­ing the projects with site inspec­tion pro­vided by Milone & MacB­room, Inc. (MMI), both are under con­tract with SWCD. The projects are funded by the NYC Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Protection.

Work­ing under per­mits issued by the NYSDEC, US Army Corps of Engi­neers, and the NYC DEP, water is diverted around the project sites so that sed­i­ment is not released down­stream dur­ing construction.

Pump

Stream flows are pumped into a pipe located upstream of con­struc­tion and diverted around the project sites. The water is released back into the Beaver Kill below the sites.

Re-Graded Hillslope

One of two erod­ing hill­slopes was regraded and a y-shaped sur­face drain installed. The slope has been seeded with a native plant mix. The green color is the mulch applied to the seeded area.

Bank Excavation

Con­struc­tion con­trac­tor Ever­green Moun­tain Con­tract­ing, Inc. exca­vated a bank to install a log rock revet­ment. About 24 loads of soil were removed to a nearby quarry dur­ing the morn­ing we visited.

The log rock revet­ment will pro­tect the stream­bank from ero­sion until roots from replanted native veg­e­ta­tion grow and add addi­tional resistance.

 

Site Managers

Here Adam Doan, Project Man­ager for the Ulster County SWCD and Christo­pher Barto, Civil Engi­neer with MMI review the project design plans on-site.

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