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 Brent Gotsch

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.