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 rec­om­men­da­tions is available:

Bush Kill Stream Man­age­ment Plan (hi-res, 41.6MB)
Bush Kill Stream Man­age­ment Plan (low-res, 20.4MB)