Happy New Year from the AWSMP Staff!

Posted on: December 19th, 2013 by Leslie_Zucker

We are wind­ing up anoth­er pro­duc­tive year work­ing with our part­ners to sus­tain­ably man­age streams for their integri­ty and to improve com­mu­ni­ty resilience to flood­ing. This year the AWSMP worked with our part­ners to com­plete two major stream restora­tion projects and begin a third. Fed­er­al funds avail­able after super­storm Sandy helped the AWSMP advance stream restora­tion projects in the Stony Clove Creek, a trib­u­tary to the Eso­pus Creek. At least three addi­tion­al stream restora­tion projects are planned for 2014, again with fed­er­al match to AWSMP funds. Both the Bush­nellsville Creek and Stony Clove Creek were assessed this year for changes in stream con­di­tion and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of “prob­lem spots” in need of man­age­ment. And our Catskill Stream Buffer Ini­tia­tive com­plet­ed 8 projects that installed 1,850 trees and shrubs, 2,500 wil­low stakes, and con­trolled over 10,000 sq. ft. of knotweed along streams.

We also had the chance to inter­act with many of you at meet­ings, work­shops, and pub­lic events. We were pleased that our Shan­dak­en Tun­nel oper­a­tions work­shop and Nation­al Flood Insur­ance Pro­gram infor­ma­tion­al ses­sions helped our part­ners bet­ter under­stand poli­cies that affect our rivers and com­mu­ni­ties. We hope to see you at the 2014 Ashokan Water­shed Con­fer­ence planned for ear­ly April.

This year we said good-bye to Cory Ritz and Gretchen Rae and wel­comed Adam Doan into the SWCD Project Man­ag­er posi­tion and Heather Eckardt as Sr. Admin­is­tra­tive Assis­tant and office man­ag­er. Next year, we hope to add a sec­ond water­shed edu­ca­tor posi­tion work­ing with Leslie Zuck­er and Brent Gotsch at CCE.  We hear that Cory and Gretchen are doing well in their new home state of New Hamp­shire! We also say fond farewell to SCA Interns Christi­na Apple­by and Elyse Clif­ford who worked with our stream crews this summer.

The AWSMP is proud to have finan­cial­ly sup­port­ed many suc­cess­ful part­ner projects through stream man­age­ment imple­men­ta­tion grants over the year. High­lights include com­ple­tion of the Town of Shan­dak­en Flood Mit­i­ga­tion Plan, sta­bi­liza­tion of the Beaver Kill at Mink Hol­low in the Town of Wood­stock, and con­tin­ued USGS mon­i­tor­ing of the effects of flood­ing on the fish­ery and sources of sed­i­ment and tur­bid­i­ty in the water­shed. We are excit­ed about the Jer­ry Bartlett Memo­r­i­al Angling Col­lec­tion now housed at the pub­lic library in Phoeni­cia and look for­ward to the launch of new web­site about the col­lec­tion in 2014.

The AWSMP is thank­ful for your sup­port and col­lab­o­ra­tion in 2013 and we look for­ward to the year ahead. Greet­ings and good wish­es to you and your fam­i­ly through­out this hol­i­day sea­son and the com­ing year!