Stream Management Plans

Stream Man­age­ment Plans con­tain a com­pre­hen­sive review of stream char­ac­ter­is­tics, maps, data, and rec­om­mended man­age­ment strate­gies. The plans are meant to assist water­shed munic­i­pal­i­ties and res­i­dents in plan­ning for the pro­tec­tion of their prop­erty, infra­struc­ture, water qual­ity, and bio­log­i­cal resources. Ensur­ing the health of the watershed’s envi­ron­men­tal resources also helps to secure eco­nomic growth and qual­ity of life for water­shed residents.

Stream man­age­ment plan’s are divided into sec­tions called “man­age­ment units” cor­re­spond­ing to indi­vid­ual stream seg­ments. Each man­age­ment unit sum­maries the con­di­tion of the stream bed and banks, stream­side (ripar­ian) veg­e­ta­tion, and the prox­im­ity and arrange­ment of roads, bridges and cul­verts. Each unit descrip­tion iden­ti­fies prob­lems at the local scale and rec­om­mends spe­cific man­age­ment actions.

To date, six stream man­age­ment plans have been com­pleted in the water­shed for: the main­stem of the Eso­pus Creek (above the reser­voir), and five trib­u­taries to the Eso­pus Creek — Broad­street Hol­lowStony Clove Creek, Bush Kill, Bush­nellsville Creek, and Beaver Kill. Stream assess­ments have been com­pleted for Wood­land Val­ley Creek, Warner Creek, and Birch Creek. A reassess­ment was com­pleted for Stony Clove Creek. Even­tu­ally, every major trib­u­tary to the Eso­pus Creek will be assessed and data from these assess­ments will be incor­po­rated into a stream man­age­ment plan for the entire Ashokan Watershed.

Stream man­age­ment plans are devel­oped in con­sul­ta­tion with the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram Stake­holder Coun­cil. The pub­lic is involved in stream man­age­ment plan devel­op­ment and imple­men­ta­tion through par­tic­i­pa­tion in work­ing groups, landowner meet­ings to review maps and find­ings, vol­un­teer events, and con­tri­bu­tion to town adop­tion and governance.

The Towns of Shan­daken, Olive, Wood­stock, and Hur­ley have adopted the Eso­pus Creek Stream Man­age­ment Plan. By adopt­ing a stream man­age­ment plan, a Town shows com­mit­ment to main­tain­ing healthy local streams through stream man­age­ment, and becomes eli­gi­ble to receive fund­ing to imple­ment the plan. Stream man­age­ment plans are guid­ance doc­u­ments only and Town adop­tion is not a reg­u­la­tory action.

Stream Man­age­ment Plans

Eso­pus Creek Stream Man­age­ment Plan
(due to large file sizes the plan is down­load­able in three seg­ments)
Esopus_volume_I  |  Esopus_volume_II  |  Esopus_volume_III

Broad­street Hol­low Stream Man­age­ment Plan

Stony Clove Creek Stream Man­age­ment Plan

Bush Kill Stream Man­age­ment Plan

Bush­nellsville Creek Stream Man­age­ment Plan

Beaver Kill Stream Man­age­ment Plan

Wood­land Creek Stream Man­age­ment Plan