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.