Bush Kill

View of the Bush Kill

Locat­ed almost entire­ly in the Town of Olive, the Bush Kill is one of the few streams in our area that drains direct­ly into the Ashokan Reser­voir. The Bush Kill begins in the unde­vel­oped Sun­down Wilder­ness Area and its head­wa­ters drain sev­er­al near­by moun­tains includ­ing: Ashokan High Point, Mom­bac­cus, Lit­tle Rocky, and Hanover Moun­tains. The Bush Kill water­shed is 19.6 square miles. The Bush Kill main­stem flows 7.6 miles north. The Bush Kill is joined by sev­er­al trib­u­taries includ­ing Kanape Brook, South Hol­low Brook, Mine Hol­low, Malt­by Hol­low Brook, and Dry Brook. The stream is par­al­leled by Ulster Coun­ty Route 42 for much of its length before end­ing in West Shokan, where it flows into the Ashokan Reservoir.

In 2012, Ulster Coun­ty Soil & Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict tech­ni­cians, with assis­tance from interns from the Stu­dent Con­ser­va­tion Asso­ci­a­tion and Ulster Coun­ty Com­mu­ni­ty Col­lege, did a stream assess­ment along the Bush Kill. The assess­ment focused on the area along Coun­ty Route 42 from Kanape Brook down­stream to the reser­voir. Dur­ing the walkover, the team inven­to­ried ero­sion haz­ards, sus­pend­ed sed­i­ment sources, woody debris haz­ards, and cul­verts. While rough­ly 98% of the water­shed is forest­ed, the major impair­ments for the creek are relat­ed to devel­op­ment in the val­ley bot­tom. Obser­va­tions made dur­ing the assess­ment sug­gest that the stream’s inter­ac­tion with trans­porta­tion infra­struc­ture, includ­ing road embank­ments, cul­verts, and bridges in the tight val­ley place high stress on the creek’s mor­phol­o­gy and water quality.

Map of the Bushkill

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A full report on Bush Kill con­di­tions and man­age­ment rec­om­men­da­tions is available:

Bush Kill Stream Man­age­ment Plan (hi-res, 42 MB)
Bush Kill Stream Man­age­ment Plan (low-res, 20 MB)

A report on con­di­tions and man­age­ment rec­om­men­da­tions for the Malt­by Hol­low Creek trib­u­tary to the Bush Kill is avail­able here:

Malt­by Hol­low Brook Stream Fea­ture Inven­to­ry and Man­age­ment Rec­om­men­da­tions (hi-res, 54 MB)