Around the Watershed: News and Events

How Antecedent Moisture Conditions Impact Flooding

Posted on: August 4th, 2020 by Tim Koch

The amount of pre­cip­i­ta­tion that falls dur­ing a storm obvi­ously has an impact on the flood dynam­ics of rivers and streams. When it rains a lot, rivers and streams can flood dra­mat­i­cally. Flood­ing from Trop­i­cal Storm Irene in 2011 is an all too famil­iar example.

Flooding in Boiceville as a results of Tropical Storm Irene

Flood­ing in Boiceville as a results of Trop­i­cal Storm Irene

Another impor­tant but less well known influ­ence on flood­ing is the antecedent mois­ture con­di­tion.

To under­stand what antecedent mois­ture con­di­tion is and how it impacts floods we need to briefly dis­cuss the water bal­ance:

     P = RO + ET + ΔS

where,

     P = pre­cip­i­ta­tion,
     RO = runoff,
     ET = evap­o­tran­spi­ra­tion, and
     ΔS = change in ground­wa­ter or soil storage.

This gen­er­al­ized equa­tion is say­ing that all the water that falls as rain either (1) runs off the sur­face and becomes flow in a stream, (2) is evap­o­rated or tran­spired (i.e., used by plants), or (3) is stored in the ground, often in the pore spaces between soil particles.

Soil can be thought of as a giant sponge that can absorb large amounts of water. Antecedent mois­ture con­di­tion is how wet or dry that soil stor­age sponge is when it starts to rain.

If the soil stor­age sponge is already sat­u­rated before the storm hits, only a small per­cent­age of the rain­fall can be absorbed, mean­ing a large por­tion of the rain­fall total will become runoff. For exam­ple, prior to TS Irene in 2011 the antecedent mois­ture con­di­tion was rel­a­tively high, as can be seen in the stream gage hydro­graph at Allaben (below). The orange tri­an­gles rep­re­sent the aver­age flow for that day (approx 20-30cfs). In the week lead­ing up to Irene, flow in the Eso­pus Creek was well above aver­age (blue line, 100–200 cfs), indi­cat­ing that soil mois­ture lev­els were already high when the storm hit.

Hydrograph of Esopus Creek at Allaben prior to TS Irene in 2011.

Hydro­graph of Eso­pus Creek at Allaben prior to TS Irene in 2011.

Con­versely, if the soil stor­age sponge is mostly dry when the storm hits a larger per­cent­age of the pre­cip­i­ta­tion can poten­tially be absorbed, or stored in the soil sponge rather that becom­ing runoff.  Less runoff can some­times mean less dra­matic flooding.

Today, as we await the arrival of Trop­i­cal Storm Isa­ias, antecedent mois­ture con­di­tions are rel­a­tively low, with flow in the Eso­pus at Allaben hov­er­ing near the approx­i­mate aver­age value for early August (20–30 cfs), far less than what it was prior to Irene. There is more room for water in the sponge.

Antecedent moisture conditions prior to the arrival of TS Isaias.

Antecedent mois­ture con­di­tions prior to the arrival of TS Isaias.

This does not mean that flood­ing can’t hap­pen when antecedent mois­ture con­di­tions are low. Even with a dry soil stor­age sponge, the rate of pre­cip­i­ta­tion is also an incred­i­bly impor­tant com­po­nent of flood dynam­ics. If rain falls faster than it can infil­trate into the soil, water will run off regard­less of antecedent mois­ture con­di­tions, which can cause dam­ag­ing flash floods.

The soil stor­age sponge also has a lim­ited capac­ity and can become sat­u­rated quickly.

Please refer to our recent post on the Flash Flood Watch issued for the Ashokan Water­shed for infor­ma­tion on how to pre­pare for a flood.

Flash Flood Watch in Effect for Ashokan Watershed

Posted on: August 4th, 2020 by Brent Gotsch
High flows on the Esopus Creek in September 2018.

High flows on the Eso­pus Creek in Sep­tem­ber 2018.

 

The National Weather Ser­vice has cur­rently issued a flash flood watch for the Ashokan Water­shed and much of the rest of the region. Trop­i­cal Storm Isa­ias is cur­rently track­ing up the east­ern seaboard and bring­ing heavy rains and dam­ag­ing winds in its path. While the region has been abnor­mally dry this sum­mer and the rain itself is wel­come, the poten­tial inten­sity of the down­pours could cause local­ized flooding.

Our Water­shed is no stranger to floods but it is still a good idea to be pre­pared. Through­out the day today, mon­i­tor the National Oceanic and Atmos­pheric Administration’s (NOAA) weather radio and/or local weather sta­tions to get updated infor­ma­tion about con­di­tions. You can also mon­i­tor local stream gages by going to the United States Geo­log­i­cal Sur­vey (USGS) web­site. The Allaben and Cold­brook stream gages are two major gages on the Eso­pus Creek.

If pos­si­ble, please stay home. High winds could top­ple trees and power lines mak­ing roads impas­si­ble. In addi­tion, flood waters across road­ways are par­tic­u­larly dan­ger­ous and lead to a high num­ber of injuries and fatal­i­ties each year because water depths are often deceiv­ing. Remem­ber, it only takes one foot of mov­ing water to move most pas­sen­ger cars and six inches of mov­ing water to knock a per­son over. If you come across a flooded road­way always Turn Around Don’t Drown!

If your local­ity issues evac­u­a­tion orders please evac­u­ate to your near­est emer­gency shel­ter imme­di­ately and fol­low all instruc­tions from local offi­cials and emer­gency responders.

For more infor­ma­tion on flood pre­pared­ness and what to do in an emer­gency you can view the AWSMP Flood Emer­gency Pre­pared­ness Guide. Also be sure to check out resources from FEMA’s Ready.gov web­site and the NY Exten­sion Dis­as­ter Edu­ca­tion Net­work (NY EDEN) website.

 

Join AWSMP for a Series of Youth Hikes This Summer

Posted on: July 16th, 2020 by Brent Gotsch
Join AWSMP for series of youth hikes this summer

Join AWSMP for a series of youth hikes this summer

 

The Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram (AWSMP) presents the Sum­mer Youth Hike Series on Tues­days this sum­mer begin­ning July 21st 2020. Mid­dle and High School youth age 10 and up liv­ing in the Ashokan Water­shed are invited to join in a series of trail hikes to learn more about the Ashokan Watershed’s creeks and streams. Hikes will be led by Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion Ulster County edu­ca­tors and fea­ture a local stream/watershed pro­fes­sional to share their expe­ri­ence and expertise.

The first hike is Tues­day, July 21 and meets at DEC’s McKin­ley Hol­low Road trail­head park­ing lot at 10 a.m. and returns at 2 p.m. Reg­is­ter now online or call Linda Gonella at 845–688-3047 ext. 0 or email her at lg457@cornell.edu.

A series of hikes are planned for Tues­days from July 14th through August 11th. Each hike will meet at a trail­head at 10 a.m. and con­clude by 2 p.m. Youth are required to bring a lunch, water and be dressed for the weather. Par­tic­i­pants will be asked to phys­i­cally dis­tance dur­ing hikes and wear face cov­er­ings when stopped for group dis­cus­sion. Masks will be pro­vided for those who need them.

These hikes are free to res­i­dents of the Ashokan Water­shed. Gen­er­ally, the Ashokan Water­shed over­laps the towns of Shan­daken, Olive, Wood­stock, and Hur­ley in Ulster County, and Lex­ing­ton and Hunter in Greene County.

For more infor­ma­tion, call the AWSMP office at (845) 688‑3047 or email Matt Helf­frich at mdh268@cornell.edu.

Hike with a Bike for Ashokan Watershed Weekend on August 7

Posted on: July 16th, 2020 by Brent Gotsch
Join AWSMP for a socially distanced bike hike on the Ashokan Rail Trail on August 7.

Join AWSMP for a socially dis­tanced bike hike on the Ashokan Rail Trail on August 7.

 

Let’s go hik­ing on a bike! As part of its Ashokan Water­shed Week­end series of events, AWSMP will be host­ing a “bike hike” along the Ashokan Rail Trail on August 7 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm.

This excit­ing new pro­gram is open to any­one, but is designed for youth and fam­i­lies. Par­tic­i­pants must be at least 8 years old (youth under the age of 14 must be accom­pa­nied by an adult). AWSMP staff will lead a bike ride along the trail to learn about Ashokan Water­shed, the Ashokan Reser­voir and the New York City drink­ing water sup­ply sys­tem. We will also spend time learn­ing about the plants and ani­mals along the trail and will stop to study how But­ter­nut Creek crosses the trail and emp­ties into the reser­voir. Due to NYS phys­i­cal dis­tanc­ing guide­lines, the ride will be lim­ited to 10 indi­vid­u­als. All par­tic­i­pants must agree to fol­low pub­lic health poli­cies out­lined for the event.

This event, which is free of charge, is open to res­i­dents of the Ashokan Water­shed. Gen­er­ally, the Ashokan Water­shed over­laps the towns of Shan­daken, Olive, Wood­stock, and Hur­ley in Ulster County, and Lex­ing­ton and Hunter in Greene County.

We will meet at the Boiceville Rail Trail park­ing lot at 8:30 am and will return by 12:00 pm. The Boiceville Trail­head is located at 5080 Route 28A in Boiceville. The Trail­head entrance is off Route 28A approx­i­mately 16.5 miles west of the NYS Thruway Exit 19 Traf­fic Cir­cle. Cold Brook Road is directly across Route 28A from this entrance.

The group will spend approx­i­mately 3 hours on the trail and will ride about 6 miles round-trip at a leisurely pace. Par­tic­i­pants will need to bring their own bike and wear a hel­met while rid­ing. The wear­ing of face masks is manda­tory when stopped for edu­ca­tion or con­ver­sa­tion. It is also rec­om­mended that each rider bring plenty of water and a snack.

Space is lim­ited so reg­is­ter today. Be sure to fill out your safety pledge and insur­ance and photo waiver and return them to Linda at lg457@cornell.edu

What is a Stream Feature Inventory (SFI)?

Posted on: July 7th, 2020 by Tim Koch

Hold on tight for a bit of reverse engineering:

The Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram (AWSMP) is a col­lab­o­ra­tion between Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster County, the Ulster County Soil & Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict, and the New York City Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Protection.

All of the AWSMP’s stream man­age­ment activ­i­ties are under­taken in coor­di­na­tion with a local Stake­holder Coun­cil. The Stake­holder Coun­cil uses rec­om­men­da­tions from Stream Man­age­ment Plans to guide their deci­sion mak­ing. Man­age­ment plans con­tain a com­pre­hen­sive review of stream char­ac­ter­is­tics, data, maps, and rec­om­mended man­age­ment strategies.

The large amount of data and obser­va­tions required to write a man­age­ment plan for a stream come from a Stream Fea­ture Inven­tory (SFI). This is where the rub­ber meets the road, or, where the wad­ing boots meet the stream bed.

Dur­ing a SFI, AWSMP staff from the Ulster County Soil & Water Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict walk a stream from top to bot­tom, col­lect­ing data on erod­ing stream banks, log­jams, and infra­struc­ture. These data are then ana­lyzed and ulti­mately used to write a stream man­age­ment plan.

Join AWSMP Stream Edu­ca­tor Tim Koch as he joins the assess­ment crew on a SFI of the Elk Bushkill Creek in the Town of Shan­daken. This SFI is part of a larger effort by AWSMP to assess mul­ti­ple head­wa­ter trib­u­taries of the Eso­pus Creek, includ­ing McKin­ley Hol­low Creek and Lit­tle Peck Hol­low Creek. These trib­u­taries may be con­tribut­ing exces­sive sed­i­ment loads to the upper Eso­pus  Creek in the Oliv­erea val­ley. Excess sed­i­ment sup­ply leads to aggra­da­tion, or sed­i­ment “fill­ing in” the stream, which can sub­se­quently trig­ger bank ero­sion and raise flood ele­va­tions.  SFI’s of the Eso­pus Creek head­wa­ters may help to locate and pri­or­i­tize restora­tion project sites aimed at reduc­ing the sed­i­ment sup­ply reach­ing the valley.

Stay tuned in the com­ing months for a SFI report on the Eso­pus Creek Head­wa­ters and for a new stream man­age­ment plan for the Lit­tle Beaver Kill in the Town of Woodstock.

 

Celebrate Ashokan Watershed Weekend July 9 — 10!

Posted on: June 26th, 2020 by Irene Foster

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Look­ing for some­thing fun and edu­ca­tional to do this sum­mer? If you are, the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram (AWSMP) is plan­ning Ashokan Water­shed Week­end over sev­eral week­ends this sum­mer start­ing July 9–10, 2020.

AWSMP is offer­ing a vari­ety of events where Ashokan Water­shed res­i­dents can learn more about the watershed’s creeks and streams, how they behave, and what we can do to ben­e­fit (and ben­e­fit from) them. These events are open and free to any res­i­dent of the Ashokan Water­shed, and you can look at this map to see if you are a water­shed resident.

July 9th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm is Munic­i­pal Offi­cials Day. The event is offered online and all munic­i­pal offi­cials and agency staff work­ing in the Ashokan Water­shed are encour­aged to attend. A cer­tifi­cate of train­ing for those seek­ing munic­i­pal edu­ca­tion credit will be offered. The first pre­sen­ta­tion is “Streams 101” which will cover a basic under­stand­ing of how streams func­tion. The sec­ond pre­sen­ta­tion is “Get to Know Your Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram” which will share what the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram offers to landown­ers, munic­i­pal­i­ties, and water users.

July 10th is Youth and Fam­ily Day. The first event will be the “Kanape Brook Stream Walk” from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. This is a hike along the beau­ti­ful Kanape Brook in West Shokan, NY. We will talk about stream ecol­ogy and phys­i­cal fea­tures, and stream­side veg­e­ta­tion. We will also spend time near a large North Amer­i­can Beaver lodge com­plex and learn more about these amaz­ing mam­mals. The hike will be about 3 hours long and about 4 miles. There will be two groups, one leav­ing at 9:00am and one leav­ing at 10:00am. Each group will only have 10 par­tic­i­pants, so make sure you reg­is­ter early!

The sec­ond event of Youth and Fam­ily Day on July 10th will be the pre­mier of the “Love Your Stream Video Project” from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm.  To show how much we love our streams in the Ashokan Water­shed, AWSMP will be com­pil­ing a col­lec­tion of videos about activ­i­ties tak­ing place on the streams in our water­shed. Fam­i­lies or indi­vid­u­als are invited to sub­mit a short video (no more than 5 min­utes) of you doing an activ­ity that you love by or on your stream. You are also invited to sub­mit pho­tographs or orig­i­nal art­work. Please read the Sub­mis­sion Guide­lines. All sub­mis­sions are due by Fri­day, July 8, 2020. Con­tact Brent Gotsch at bwg37@cornell.edu to sub­mit your work. The video com­pi­la­tion will be shared at an event streamed online at 4:00pm on July 10th. After we share the videos, AWSMP staff will be on hand to answer any ques­tions you have about stream management.

For more detailed infor­ma­tion on Ashokan Water­shed Week­end and for links to reg­is­tra­tion please visit AWSMP’s web­site  devoted to Ashokan Water­shed Week­end.

Stay tuned for more Ashokan Water­shed Week­end events this sum­mer! They will be focused on the needs of stream­side landown­ers in the Ashokan Watershed.

Birding in the Ashokan Watershed

Posted on: June 17th, 2020 by Irene Foster
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Belted King­fisher (Megac­eryle alcyon)

 

Are you look­ing for a fun, safe activ­ity to try now that the weather is nicer and reopen­ing is ramping-up? If so, con­sider stream­side bird­ing in the Ashokan Water­shed. In the Ashokan Water­shed there are many oppor­tu­ni­ties to hang out near streams while you are pic­nick­ing, hik­ing, or just relax­ing.  While you are there, you can spot many types of wildlife, espe­cially birds. Also, you can look for birds while obey­ing social dis­tanc­ing recommendations.

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)

Com­mon Mer­ganser (Mer­gus merganser)

 

Some com­mon bird species you are likely to encounter are the red-winged black­bird, belted king fisher, great blue heron, Canada geese, and sev­eral species of ducks such as mal­lards, wood ducks, and the com­mon mer­ganser.  In addi­tion to those com­mon aquatic birds, there are many song­birds that rely on the ripar­ian areas for their habi­tats.  The ripar­ian zone is the area along the sides of streams. If you are spend­ing time on the Eso­pus Creek, you might catch a glimpse of bald eagles, who work their way upstream from the reser­voir in search of food.

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

 

To go bird­ing, you do not need to be an expert on ornithol­ogy (the study of birds) or have any fancy equip­ment. How­ever, if you want some help get­ting started and learn­ing more about bird­ing, there are many smart­phone apps that can help you. Bird­ing apps offer a wide vari­ety of fea­tures such as iden­ti­fy­ing birds, iden­ti­fy­ing bird songs, track­ing which bird species you find, or view­ing other bird sight­ings that have been logged near you.

A female and male pair of Mallard ducks (Anas platyrhynchos)

A female and male pair of Mal­lard ducks (Anas platyrhynchos)

 

If you are look­ing for more infor­ma­tion on iden­ti­fy­ing stream­side birds, check out the Cor­nell Lab of Ornithology.

Some more resources on bird­ing are the Young Bird­ers Net­work through the New York State Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion, the Audubon Guide to North Amer­i­can Birds, or this Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram Newslet­ter from 2014 that has more bird species to look for and sug­ges­tions of where to look for them.

If you would like to learn more about a com­mon water­shed and back­yard bird species, the Amer­i­can Robin, you can view Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Program’s new video on our YouTube chan­nel.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Stream Management Funds Available

Posted on: June 10th, 2020 by Leslie_Zucker

The Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram is now accept­ing appli­ca­tions for stream projects in the Ashokan Reser­voir water­shed.

Appli­ca­tions must be sub­mit­ted to the pro­gram office by Wednes­day, July 8. Elec­tronic sub­mis­sions are accepted. For more infor­ma­tion and appli­ca­tion mate­ri­als, visit the web­site https://ashokanstreams.org/projects-funding/.

Eli­gi­ble appli­cants include local, county, state or fed­eral gov­ern­ment agen­cies; 501©3 orga­ni­za­tions; and sec­ondary school dis­tricts, col­leges, or uni­ver­si­ties. For-profit orga­ni­za­tions are eli­gi­ble to apply in the Research, Assess­ment, and Mon­i­tor­ing cat­e­gory only.

Please review pri­or­ity needs iden­ti­fied by the AWSMP in stream man­age­ment plans, the program’s annual action plan, and research agenda before applying.

Fund­ing is avail­able for pri­or­ity projects to:

- Improve water qual­ity and enhance stream sta­bil­ity
– Pro­tect or improve stream infra­struc­ture
– Enhance stream access and recre­ation
– Plan and imple­ment flood haz­ard mit­i­ga­tion
– Increase pub­lic knowl­edge and skills for stream stew­ard­ship
– Pro­tect and enhance aquatic and ripar­ian habi­tat and ecosystems

Please note: Replace­ment or repair of fail­ing infra­struc­ture due to aging or decay is not eli­gi­ble for fund­ing. Only the por­tion of costs asso­ci­ated with the enlarge­ment or improve­ment of struc­tures to meet stream man­age­ment objec­tives is eli­gi­ble for funding.

Fund­ing for the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Imple­men­ta­tion Pro­gram is pro­vided by the NYC Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion and admin­is­tered by Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster County.

For more infor­ma­tion or to sched­ule a meet­ing or site visit, con­tact AWSMP at (845) 688‑3047.

Dining Out on Ashokan Streams

Posted on: June 10th, 2020 by Irene Foster

As Ulster County begins Phase Two of Reopen­ing, many restau­rants are now offer­ing out­door seat­ing. Sev­eral restau­rants even offer a view of our local streams!

Dining out at the Peekamoose Restaurant in Big Indian puts you near Birch Creek.

Din­ing out at the Peekamoose Restau­rant in Big Indian puts you near Birch Creek.

 

If you’re in Big Indian, the Peekamoose Restau­rant offers out­door din­ing with an over­look of Birch Creek. Orig­i­nat­ing on Hal­cott Moun­tain, Birch Creek is a trib­u­tary of the Eso­pus Creek. Birch Creek was dammed to make Pine Hill Lake. In 1988, the New York State Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion (NYSDEC) rebuilt Pine Hill Lake after the dam had been washed out twice.  In their design, the NYSDEC made sure the lake was hab­it­able for the cold-water trout that live there. Since warm water stresses trout, the NYSDEC built a dam that is located off the stream to keep the water cold.  Addi­tion­ally, a “fish lad­der” was con­structed to help trout travel over the dam.

The Phoenicia Diner and Woodnotes Grille are all within walking distance to the Esopus Creek.

The Phoeni­cia Diner and Wood­notes Grille are all within walk­ing dis­tance to the Eso­pus Creek.

 

The Phoeni­cia Diner in Phoeni­cia and the Wood­notes Grille at the Emer­son Resort and Spa in Mount Trem­per offer an excel­lent view of the Eso­pus Creek while you are din­ing out­doors or wait­ing for take­out. The Eso­pus Creek is the largest and most well-known stream in the Ashokan Water­shed.  The Eso­pus Creek pro­vides water, eco­nomic oppor­tu­ni­ties, and recre­ational oppor­tu­ni­ties to our local com­mu­ni­ties.  It also pro­vides aquatic habi­tats and ripar­ian habi­tats for an assort­ment of plants and ani­mals. It is divided into the Upper Eso­pus located above the Ashokan Reser­voir and the Lower Eso­pus located below the Ashokan Reser­voir. The Upper Eso­pus has at least 330 miles of trib­u­taries and drains some of the largest moun­tains in the Catskills. It is used for many recre­ational activ­i­ties such as fish­ing, canoe­ing, kayak­ing, and tubing.

The Catskill Rose is just a stone's throw away from the Beaver Kill.

The Catskill Rose is just a stone’s throw away from the Beaver Kill.

 

One restau­rant with a view of the Beaver Kill is Catskill Rose in Mount Trem­per.  The Beaver Kill starts on Plateau and Sug­ar­loaf moun­tains in the Town of Hunter and con­tains three dif­fer­ent geo­mor­phic sec­tions.  It starts as a very steep, nar­row stream. In the mid­dle sec­tion, it flat­tens and widens out and has lots wet­lands next to it. Even­tu­ally, it becomes steep and nar­row again until it flows into the Eso­pus Creek.

To learn more about parts of water­sheds and river sys­tems check out the new video on Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Program’s YouTube Page.

For a com­plete list of restau­rants that are cur­rently open in Ulster County please visit the Ulster County Alive Take Out and Deliv­ery Guide.

NYSDEC Seeks Public Comment on Inland Fisheries Management Plan

Posted on: June 1st, 2020 by Brent Gotsch
Brook Trout. Photo by Ed Ostapczuk

Brook Trout. Photo by Ed Ostapczuk

 

The New York Sate Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion (NYSDEC) is seek­ing pub­lic com­ment on its recently released Draft Fish­eries Man­age­ment Plan for Inland Trout Streams. Pub­lic com­ment will be accepted until June 25. The pur­pose of the plan is to help guide the efforts of the NYSDEC as they seek to max­i­mize inland fish­eries for their fullest eco­log­i­cal and recre­ational poten­tial. The NYSDEC have found over 3,000 streams across the state with doc­u­mented pop­u­la­tions of trout. Of those streams, 80% sup­port wild trout populations.

 

Rainbow Trout. Photo by Ed Ostapczuk

Rain­bow Trout. Photo by Ed Ostapczuk

 

Inland trout streams are an impor­tant part of New York State’s diverse fish­eries resource. They are par­tic­u­larly impor­tant in the Ashokan Water­shed where fish­ing is a vital his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural ele­ment of the area. It is also an eco­nomic dri­ver with anglers from all over the world com­ing to fish in the famed waters of the Eso­pus Creek and its tributaries.

In order to best man­age inland trout fish­eries, NYSDEC uti­lizes tools such as fish­ing reg­u­la­tions, access and infor­ma­tion, habi­tat pro­tec­tion and improve­ment, and stock­ing hatchery-reared trout. NYSDEC places great impor­tance on mea­sur­ing the out­come of man­age­ment strate­gies against well-defined objectives.

To com­ment, please visit the NYSDEC web­page devoted to the plan. On the page, links to the plan itself as well as meth­ods to sup­ply com­ments can be found. We encour­age all users of fish­eries here in the Ashokan Water­shed to pro­vide com­ments on how they think the fish­eries can best be managed.

 

Brown Trout. Photo courtesy of Ashokan-Pepacton Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Brown Trout. Photo cour­tesy of Ashokan-Pepacton Chap­ter of Trout Unlimited