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Stream Snorkeling Program is a Success

Posted on: July 26th, 2021 by Leslie_Zucker
A participant peers at the streambed of Birch Creek at an AWSMP Stream Snorkeling event.

AWSMP recently held a two successful freshwater stream snorkeling events (a third event was cancelled due to poor conditions). This was the first time that our popular stream snorkeling programs have been held since the beginning of the pandemic. On July 16, approximately 9 individuals (mostly youths) met at the Esopus Creek behind the Emerson Resort and Spa in Mount Tremper. There AWSMP staff provided instruction on safe snorkeling and then proceeded to use the snorkel gear to peer beneath the waves where several interesting creatures including crayfish, stoneflies, and other macroinvertebrates were found. On July 19, AWSMP ventured to Smith Park in Pine Hill where children enrolled in programming with the Pine Hill Community Center performed the same activity in nearby Birch Creek. They found similar stream critters there including a large cranefly larva.

Stream snorkeling provides a unique opportunity for participants to see what is going on in the streambed and to better understand stream ecosystems. “Our freshwater snorkeling program provides an amazing opportunity to teach participants about the importance of streams,” says Snorkeling Program Leader and Watershed Youth Educator Matt Savatgy, “It allows them to fully immerse themselves in the stream and to get to see what’s going on below the surface of the water, which is something that most of them never really get an opportunity to do.”

No additional stream snorkeling programs are planned for this year. However, AWSMP is planning several additional events that may be of interest to youth and families. To learn about upcoming events please regularly visit the AWSMP webpage.

CSBI Works on Demonstration Project in Mount Tremper

Posted on: April 8th, 2020 by Leslie_Zucker

The Catskill Streams Buffer Initiative (CSBI) prepares a riparian buffer demonstration site on the grounds of the Emerson Resort and Spa in Mount Tremper.

The Catskill Streams Buffer Initiative (CSBI) prepares a riparian buffer demonstration site on the grounds of the Emerson Resort and Spa in Mount Tremper.

 

While many people both in and outside the watershed are currently working from home, the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program (AWSMP) is still able to do some field work. This week, Catskill Streams Buffer Initiative (CSBI) Coordinator Bobby Taylor, was able to get out and do some work on a project at the Emerson Resort and Spa in Mount Tremper.

This project is a demonstration of Catskill native riparian vegetation for visitors to the Emerson, community dog walkers, and others. It will also be used for future education and outreach events. Last fall, CSBI planted over 1,000 trees and shrubs of 34 native species at this site and installed over 200 native sedges. This week, Bobby worked on laying down two sections of a woodchip trail that goes through the project.  Next week, he will be tilling, aerating, and raking the soil to get ready to plant a pollinator friendly riparian meadow mix.

Riparian buffers help reduce stream bank erosion, filter stormwater runoff, and provide a unique habitat. CSBI is a landowner assistance program aimed at informing and assisting streamside landowners in becoming good stewards of their riparian areas through protection, enhancement, management, and restoration. Technical and financial assistance is available to eligible landowners for riparian buffer improvements. For more information and to see if you are eligible for assistance from CSBI please contact Bobby Taylor at bobby.taylor@ashokanstreams.org or visit the CSBI website.

CSBI lays down woodchips for a trail through the demonstration.

CSBI lays down woodchips for a trail through the demonstration.

Fall Is Planting Season with CSBI

Posted on: November 18th, 2019 by Tim Koch

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Fall is in full swing: the leaves have changed, the temperatures have dropped, and the Catskill Streams Buffer Initiative (CSBI) is busy getting plants in the ground. Autumn is the best time to plant native trees and shrubs because the plants have gone dormant for winter; they have stopped actively growing for the year.  When dormant trees and shrubs are planted in the late fall, the freeze-thaw cycles they will experience over the coming winter months helps to close any void spaces in the soil leftover after back-filling the holes. This creates good root-soil contact so that in the spring the plants can start growing vigorously as soon as the soil temperatures warm up.

Proposed Planting Areas

CSBI is implementing five planting projects this fall, including one at Emerson Resort & Spa in Mt. Tremper, NY. Other riparian buffer planting projects will be completed in Woodstock, Shandaken, and Olive. More than 2,000 native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers will be planted along streams, helping to reduce stream bank erosion, filter stormwater runoff, and provide unique habitat.

CSBI is a landowner assistance program aimed at informing and assisting streamside landowners in becoming good stewards of their riparian areas through protection, enhancement, management, and restoration. Technical and financial assistance is available to eligible landowners for riparian buffer improvements.

To find out more about CSBI and to see if you are eligible:

click here for program brochure,

click here for program guidelines,

and click here for application materials.