Our Areas of Focus

Esopus Creek

The mis­sion of the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram (AWSMP) is to work in part­ner­ship with com­mu­ni­ties to pro­tect and restore stream cor­ri­dor sta­bil­ity and ecosys­tem integrity in the Ashokan Water­shed. Under this mis­sion, there are six spe­cific areas of focus for the pro­gram: Water Qual­ity, Stream­side Infra­struc­ture, Flood­plain Man­age­ment, Landowner Assis­tance, Aquatic and Ripar­ian Habi­tat, and Pub­lic Stream Access. Link to the fol­low­ing pages for more infor­ma­tion on AWSMP activ­i­ties in each area:

Water Qual­ity

Water qual­ity issues in the water­shed are addressed through stream cor­ri­dor assess­ments, the devel­op­ment of stream man­age­ment plans, and stream restora­tion and sta­bi­liza­tion projects work­ing with landown­ers and munic­i­pal­i­ties. Edu­ca­tion pro­grams deliver infor­ma­tion and train­ing to stream man­agers on appro­pri­ate best man­age­ment prac­tices for improv­ing water qual­ity in the Ashokan Water­shed. We also offer edu­ca­tional oppor­tu­ni­ties to area stu­dents and the gen­eral pub­lic to learn about stream processes, water qual­ity, habi­tat, and the water­shed environment.

Stream­side Infrastructure

Fund­ing, tech­ni­cal assis­tance, and train­ings are made avail­able to com­mu­ni­ties for man­ag­ing cul­verts, bridges, and road­ways using best man­age­ment practices.

Flood­plain Management

Assis­tance is pro­vided to com­mu­ni­ties for assess­ing and mit­i­gat­ing flood and ero­sion haz­ards. Fund­ing is avail­able to sup­port engi­neer­ing analy­ses, flood haz­ard mit­i­ga­tion plan­ning, and project imple­men­ta­tion. AWSMP is avail­able to assist stream man­agers and res­i­dents after major flood events.

Landowner Assis­tance

Res­i­dents, landown­ers or con­trac­tors with stream man­age­ment ques­tions or issues can con­tact the AWSMP office at (845) 688‑3047. Assis­tance is avail­able for gen­eral ques­tions and the design and instal­la­tion of buffer plantings.

Aquatic and Ripar­ian Habitat

We work with part­ners to study aquatic ecosys­tems and incor­po­rate aquatic habi­tat improve­ments into stream restora­tion and sta­bi­liza­tion projects.

Pub­lic Stream Access

Stream access and recre­ation cov­ers a vari­ety of top­ics, from devel­op­ing new stream access points and edu­ca­tional sites, to under­stand­ing and pro­vid­ing input on the oper­a­tion of the Shan­daken Tun­nel. We are inves­ti­gat­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for multi-use, low-impact trails within stream cor­ri­dors and the eco­nomic ben­e­fits of stream-based recre­ation and tourism.