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.