Bushnellsville Creek Stream Management Plan Now Available!

Posted on: March 16th, 2016 by Leslie_Zucker

Bush­nellsville Creek now has a Stream Man­age­ment Plan. The plan is avail­able for down­load at: https://ashokanstreams.org/exploring-the-watershed/bushnellsville-creek/

The Bush­nellsville Creek Stream Man­age­ment Plan con­tains detailed infor­ma­tion and rec­om­men­da­tions that can help stream­side landown­ers, munic­i­pal­i­ties, and nat­ur­al resource man­agers main­tain resilient and healthy streams. The strate­gies out­lined address flood­ing haz­ards, stream­bank ero­sion, and threats to infra­struc­ture, water qual­i­ty, and ripar­i­an habitat.

A team of staff and interns from the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram, Stu­dent Con­ser­va­tion Asso­ci­a­tion, and SUNY Ulster worked togeth­er to com­plete a mul­ti-step process to devel­op the stream man­age­ment plan. Plan devel­op­ment was led by the Ulster Coun­ty Soil & Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict with fund­ing from the NYC Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Protection.

The Bush­nellsville Creek flows through the Town of Lex­ing­ton in Greene Coun­ty into the Eso­pus Creek in the Town of Shan­dak­en in Ulster Coun­ty. Bush­nellsville Creek is 5.5 miles long and has a drainage area of 11.2 square miles. The water­shed cov­ers 5.8% of the total area of the Ashokan water­shed and is the sixth largest water­shed to flow into the Eso­pus Creek above the Ashokan Reservoir.

Rec­om­mend­ed actions to restore stream sta­bil­i­ty and health are described for each of 11 sec­tions or “man­age­ment units” of the Bush­nellsville Creek. Dif­fer­ent lev­els of inter­ven­tion are rec­om­mend­ed from preser­va­tion and pas­sive restora­tion & mon­i­tor­ing, to assist­ed and full restora­tion. About 7% of the stream length is rec­om­mend­ed for full restora­tion, while 47% and 25% are rec­om­mend­ed for preser­va­tion and pas­sive restora­tion & mon­i­tor­ing, respectively.

Landown­ers and stream man­agers are encour­aged to read through indi­vid­ual man­age­ment unit descrip­tions for more infor­ma­tion, and see a sum­ma­ry of rec­om­mend­ed actions on page 23–26 of the plan.