Posts Tagged ‘Boiceville’

AWSMP Staff Featured on New Podcast

Posted on: November 19th, 2021 by Tim Koch

AWSMP staffers Tim Koch and Aaron Bennett are featured in the recently released “Views From the Watershed” podcast. The podcast is a self-guided audio tour of the New York City West-of-Hudson Water Supply Watershed, and features many other notable Catskills names.

Tim is in Episode #11 titled “Un-Muddying the Waters.” Recorded at the Main Street bridge in Phoenicia, Tim discusses how a project designed to improve sediment transport was used to reduce flooding on Main Street in a flood prone village built on an alluvial fan. Other topics include turbidity, the importance of riparian buffers, and climate change.

Looking upstream at the rock vane installed on the Stony Clove Creek from the Main Street bridge in Phoenicia.

Aaron is featured in Episode 12, “Tough Choices.” From a vacant lot in Boiceville, Aaron discusses the hard decisions faced by flood prone communities in the Catskills, and all over the country. He explains why building flood walls and dredging streams are no longer practical, affordable, or sustainable solutions.

Extensive flooding in Boiceville following Tropical Storm Irene, August 2011.

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Olive Engineering Consultant Talks Flooding and Requests Resident Assistance

Posted on: July 15th, 2015 by Leslie_Zucker

On July 14, the Town of Olive Flood Advisory Committee (FAC) held a  meeting with town residents and Woidt Engineering and Consulting to review initial findings for the Local Flood Analysis (LFA)  in the hamlets of Boiceville and West Shokan. George Fowler, an engineer with Woidt and the project lead for the LFAs, described what he and his team have discovered. Woidt Engineering and the Olive FAC will work together over the next few months to analyze the possible mitigation options for the hamlets. Once these options are identified they will be run through the Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) process to determine eligibility for multiple funding sources. You can help with this process by filling out a questionnaire to report damages to your home or business. This information will used during the BCA process. The more information we receive the better! It will be used to develop the most accurate results possible. The form can be downloaded here or picked up at the Olive Town Hall.

Not surprisingly, inundation of the business district in Boiceville is a major concern. George and his team showed how the high and tight valley wall forces the Esopus Creek to flood areas in that district during high flows. More analysis is needed but initial findings show  there may be potential to reconnect the stream with its floodplain just upstream of the Five Arch Bridge. Building a floodplain here may help keep water out of the business district or lessen the amount of water there. That project would likely require relocating the fire department building and other structures in order to make room for water storage.

In West Shokan, the major problems are associated with debris jams and sediment buildup. One of the major concerns for residents and Town officials is the gravel bar just upstream of the Bushkill Bridge. The concern is that if the gravel bar grows it could cause an obstruction that damages or destroys the Bridge, cutting residents off from emergency services. George explained that we are living with the legacy of historical human management of the stream, namely the deforestation of the landscape that occurred in the 19th Century that caused large pulses of sediment to enter the stream corridors, and more recently dredging and berming of material on stream banks that creates unstable stream corridors. As with Boiceville, more analysis is needed, but one idea to explore is restoring appropriate stream channel dimensions to help move sediment and debris through that area without undue buildup.