Assistance to Streamside Landowners

Streamside landowner

Stream­side res­i­dents and landown­ers are stream man­agers! The Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram (AWSMP) offers help to stream­side landown­ers with assess­ing stream issues and installing best man­age­ment prac­tices for streams and streambanks.

How we man­age land with­in the stream cor­ri­dor direct­ly affects the health and sta­bil­i­ty of a stream. The removal of stream­side veg­e­ta­tion may weak­en stream­banks and allow the sun to heat water above lev­els tol­er­at­ed by trout. Plant­i­ng or main­tain­ing native shrubs and trees along streams can both shade water and sta­bi­lize banks under the right circumstances.

AWSMP offers res­i­den­tial landown­ers assis­tance with ripar­i­an buffer plant­i­ngs through the Catskill Streams Buffer Ini­tia­tive (CSBI). Through CSBI, landown­ers can receive a field vis­it to review prob­lems, ripar­i­an cor­ri­dor man­age­ment plans, and best man­age­ment prac­tice design and instal­la­tion. Inter­est­ed landown­ers should con­tact the AWSMP office at (845) 688‑3047 to speak with the CSBI Coor­di­na­tor for the Ashokan Watershed.

Bank ero­sion is a major con­cern for landown­ers and local gov­ern­ments where it threat­ens prop­er­ty, roads and infra­struc­ture. AWSMP offers tech­ni­cal assis­tance, pub­li­ca­tions, work­shops, and train­ings with guid­ance on how to man­age stream­banks and reduce flood dam­age through prop­er­ty man­age­ment. Some addi­tion­al fund­ing is avail­able to sta­bi­lize stream­banks for prop­er­ties that are part of a larg­er stream chan­nel restora­tion effort.