Mink Hollow Stream Restoration Projects Near Completion

Posted on: September 15th, 2017 by Leslie_Zucker

Two stream restora­tion projects treat­ing over 2,000 feet of erod­ing stream chan­nel and two large hill­slopes are near­ing com­ple­tion in the Mink Hol­low sec­tion of the Beaver Kill stream in the Town of Wood­stock. The projects should end in ear­ly Sep­tem­ber. See pho­tos of the projects below.

The two adja­cent projects are over­seen by the Ulster Coun­ty Soil and Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict (SWCD). Ever­green Moun­tain Con­tract­ing, Inc. is con­struct­ing the projects with site inspec­tion pro­vid­ed by Milone & MacB­room, Inc. (MMI), both are under con­tract with SWCD. The projects are fund­ed by the NYC Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Protection.

Work­ing under per­mits issued by the NYSDEC, US Army Corps of Engi­neers, and the NYC DEP, water is divert­ed around the project sites so that sed­i­ment is not released down­stream dur­ing construction.


Stream flows are pumped into a pipe locat­ed upstream of con­struc­tion and divert­ed around the project sites. The water is released back into the Beaver Kill below the sites.

Re-Graded Hillslope

One of two erod­ing hill­slopes was regrad­ed and a y‑shaped sur­face drain installed. The slope has been seed­ed with a native plant mix. The green col­or is the mulch applied to the seed­ed area.

Bank Excavation

Con­struc­tion con­trac­tor Ever­green Moun­tain Con­tract­ing, Inc. exca­vat­ed a bank to install a log rock revet­ment. About 24 loads of soil were removed to a near­by quar­ry dur­ing the morn­ing we visited.

The log rock revet­ment will pro­tect the stream­bank from ero­sion until roots from replant­ed native veg­e­ta­tion grow and add addi­tion­al resistance.


Site Managers

Here Adam Doan, Project Man­ag­er for the Ulster Coun­ty SWCD and Christo­pher Bar­to, Civ­il Engi­neer with MMI review the project design plans on-site.