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AWSMP at Olive Day 2018

Posted on: September 4th, 2018 by Brent Gotsch

AWSMP will be attend­ing this year’s Olive Day on Sep­tem­ber 8 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Lester Daivs Park located at 686 Wat­son Hol­low Road in West Shokan, NY (right next door to the Olive Town Hall). Olive Day is an annual event that cel­e­brates all the things that make the Town of Olive a spe­cial place to live. There will be food, live music, a vari­ety of ven­dors, local and regional orga­ni­za­tions with edu­ca­tional dis­plays, and activ­i­ties for chil­dren and fam­i­lies includ­ing the always pop­u­lar frog race!

AWSMP will have a table with pro­gram lit­er­a­ture as well as an edu­ca­tional dis­play. We will also be bring­ing our stream table. The stream table shows how water inter­acts with and shapes the land­scape around it. It also shows how human inter­ven­tion in streams can change how water flows and the shape and depth of the stream.

Stop on by to see the stream table in action, pick up some lit­er­a­ture and say hi. We look for­ward to see­ing you at this year’s Olive Day!

AWSMP Youth Educator Matt Savatgy uses the stream table to show youth how manipulation of the stream channel can cause changes in the surrounding landscape during Olive Day 2017.

AWSMP Youth Edu­ca­tor Matt Savatgy uses the stream table to show youth how manip­u­la­tion of the stream chan­nel can cause changes in the sur­round­ing land­scape dur­ing Olive Day 2017.

 

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Olive Engineering Consultant Talks Flooding and Requests Resident Assistance

Posted on: July 15th, 2015 by Brent Gotsch

On July 14, the Town of Olive Flood Advi­sory Com­mit­tee (FAC) held a  meet­ing with town res­i­dents and Woidt Engi­neer­ing and Con­sult­ing to review ini­tial find­ings for the Local Flood Analy­sis (LFA)  in the ham­lets of Boiceville and West Shokan. George Fowler, an engi­neer with Woidt and the project lead for the LFAs, described what he and his team have dis­cov­ered. Woidt Engi­neer­ing and the Olive FAC will work together over the next few months to ana­lyze the pos­si­ble mit­i­ga­tion options for the ham­lets. Once these options are iden­ti­fied they will be run through the Benefit-Cost Analy­sis (BCA) process to deter­mine eli­gi­bil­ity for mul­ti­ple fund­ing sources. You can help with this process by fill­ing out a ques­tion­naire to report dam­ages to your home or busi­ness. This infor­ma­tion will used dur­ing the BCA process. The more infor­ma­tion we receive the bet­ter! It will be used to develop the most accu­rate results pos­si­ble. The form can be down­loaded here or picked up at the Olive Town Hall.

Not sur­pris­ingly, inun­da­tion of the busi­ness dis­trict in Boiceville is a major con­cern. George and his team showed how the high and tight val­ley wall forces the Eso­pus Creek to flood areas in that dis­trict dur­ing high flows. More analy­sis is needed but ini­tial find­ings show  there may be poten­tial to recon­nect the stream with its flood­plain just upstream of the Five Arch Bridge. Build­ing a flood­plain here may help keep water out of the busi­ness dis­trict or lessen the amount of water there. That project would likely require relo­cat­ing the fire depart­ment build­ing and other struc­tures in order to make room for water storage.

In West Shokan, the major prob­lems are asso­ci­ated with debris jams and sed­i­ment buildup. One of the major con­cerns for res­i­dents and Town offi­cials is the gravel bar just upstream of the Bushkill Bridge. The con­cern is that if the gravel bar grows it could cause an obstruc­tion that dam­ages or destroys the Bridge, cut­ting res­i­dents off from emer­gency ser­vices. George explained that we are liv­ing with the legacy of his­tor­i­cal human man­age­ment of the stream, namely the defor­esta­tion of the land­scape that occurred in the 19th Cen­tury that caused large pulses of sed­i­ment to enter the stream cor­ri­dors, and more recently dredg­ing and berming of mate­r­ial on stream banks that cre­ates unsta­ble stream cor­ri­dors. As with Boiceville, more analy­sis is needed, but one idea to explore is restor­ing appro­pri­ate stream chan­nel dimen­sions to help move sed­i­ment and debris through that area with­out undue buildup.

 

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