Posts Tagged ‘Stream Restoration’

Do a Good Turn for Earth on Earth Day

Posted on: April 12th, 2017 by Leslie_Zucker

Vol­un­teer for a Trout Unlim­ited tree plant­ing on the Stony Clove Creek on Earth Day, April 22. The plant­ing is orga­nized but the Catskill Moun­tains Trout Unlim­ited (CMTU) chap­ter in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the AWSMP and the Arbor Day Foun­da­tion. CMTU and vol­un­teers will be plant­ing native trees and shrubs along Stony Clove Creek at the Wright Road stream restora­tion site upstream from Phoeni­cia, NY. CMTU’s goal for the project is to restore veg­e­ta­tion along crit­i­cal cold­wa­ter streams in the Catskill Moun­tain region. The plant­ing will help shore up the hill­side along a sec­tion of the creek that AWMSP repaired in 2016. The plant­ing runs from 10:00 AM — 2:00 PM. For more infor­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter for the event visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/catskill-mountains-trout-unlimited-tree-planting-on-stony-clove-creek-tickets-32553683945?aff=es2

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AWSMP Repairs Damage on Stony Clove Creek

Posted on: January 7th, 2016 by Brent Gotsch

The Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram (AWSMP) has com­pleted a project to halt bank ero­sion on the Stony Clove Creek near Lanesville.  The chan­nel was restored through a 2,500-foot cor­ri­dor heav­ily dam­aged dur­ing Trop­i­cal Storm Irene. Restora­tion of the stream chan­nel cost approx­i­mately $1.5 million.

Dur­ing T.S. Irene, sev­eral homes were dam­aged by ero­sion and flood­ing, and sed­i­ment accu­mu­lated in the cen­ter of the chan­nel, push­ing stream flows toward the banks.

Stream banks con­tin­ued to retreat in front of three remain­ing homes and sev­eral large hill­slopes. The rapidly slump­ing hill­slopes con­tributed sig­nif­i­cant amounts of fine sed­i­ment to the stream. The sed­i­ments travel miles down­stream to the Eso­pus Creek and Ashokan Reservoir.

Engi­neers used a com­bi­na­tion of instream grade and flow con­trol struc­tures designed to mimic nat­u­rally occur­ring stream fea­tures to sta­bi­lize the chan­nel and erod­ing stream banks. The chan­nel was engi­neered to pass both low and high stream flows, and the sed­i­ment car­ried by those flows, with­out sig­nif­i­cantly eroding.

Kingston Equip­ment Rental, Inc. (Baker Broth­ers Exca­vat­ing) out of West Hur­ley built the project. The project was designed by con­sult­ing firm Milone & MacB­room, Inc. The Ulster County Soil and Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict (SWCD) pro­vided over­all project management.

In 2016, the Ulster County SWCD will work with landown­ers at the project site to tai­lor plant­i­ngs to their prop­er­ties and reveg­e­tate areas scoured dur­ing T.S. Irene. They will also con­tinue mon­i­tor­ing the site.

Long-term mon­i­tor­ing wells were installed on a major fail­ing hill­s­lope at the site, and a sep­a­rate phase of restora­tion is being planned for that hill­s­lope in 2016.

The stream restora­tion was funded by the New York City Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion and the Nat­ural Resources Con­ser­va­tion Ser­vice Emer­gency Water­shed Pro­tec­tion pro­gram. The Town of Hunter spon­sored the project.

Over the past four years, AWSMP has pro­vided local match to fed­eral funds to com­plete six stream restora­tion projects total­ing $6.8 mil­lion in the Stony Clove Creek water­shed. The AWSMP is a part­ner­ship between Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster County, Ulster County SWCD, and New York City Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Protection.

The AWSMP plans to carry out a stream restora­tion project in the Beaver Kill Water­shed in the Town of Wood­stock in 2017.

Stony Clove Creek near Wright Road looking upstream before steam restoration.

Stony Clove Creek near Wright Road look­ing upstream before steam restoration.

 

Stony Clove Creek near Wright Road looking upstream during steam restoration.

Stony Clove Creek near Wright Road look­ing upstream dur­ing steam restoration.

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Stream Restoration Project Advances

Posted on: October 6th, 2015 by Leslie_Zucker

A project to restore chan­nel sta­bil­ity and stop bank ero­sion on the Stony Clove Creek at Wright Road is mid-way through com­ple­tion. Sed­i­ment that accu­mu­lated dur­ing Trop­i­cal Storm Irene was moved from the channel’s cen­ter and water now flows in a sin­gle thread down the val­ley. The project is located about one-mile north of Lanesville in Greene County. Work is expected to con­tinue through October.

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Kingston Equip­ment Rental, Inc.-Baker Broth­ers Exca­vat­ing out of West Hur­ley is build­ing the project. The project was designed by con­sult­ing firm Milone and MacB­room, Inc.

The chan­nel has been engi­neered to pass dif­fer­ent sizes of flows, while main­tain­ing a sta­ble dimen­sion and pro­file. The chan­nel bed and banks were unsta­ble and erod­ing before the project began.

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A Baker Broth­ers oper­a­tor pre­cisely regrades a fail­ing hill­s­lope with an exca­va­tor, over­seen by site fore­man Mike Van­de­bog­art. This newly cre­ated flood­plain bench will be reveg­e­tated after stream work ends.

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Sur­veys are done and logs main­tained to con­firm the project is built as planned.

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Each day a num­ber of project staff are on-site, includ­ing equip­ment oper­a­tors and the site fore­man for Baker Broth­ers Exca­vat­ing, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from engi­neer­ing firm Milone and MacB­room, and a project man­ager with the Ulster County Soil and Water Con­ser­va­tion District.

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Ver­non Bevan (left) is the on-site rep­re­sen­ta­tive for engi­neer­ing firm Milone and MacB­room. Adam Doan (right) is the stream project man­ager with Ulster County Soil and Water Con­ser­va­tion District.

This stream restora­tion is funded by the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram and the Nat­ural Resources Con­ser­va­tion Ser­vice, Emer­gency Water­shed Pro­tec­tion Pro­gram. The Town of Hunter is the project sponsor.

For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact the AWSMP at (845) 688‑3047.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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