Posts Tagged ‘riparian buffer’

New Video on Stream Channel Stability

Posted on: May 6th, 2020 by Tim Koch

The AWSMP office might be phys­i­cal­ly closed, but our edu­ca­tion staff have been hard at work gen­er­at­ing online stream based con­tent for both youth and adults.

AWSMP Educators Matt Savatgy, Brent, Gotsch, Tim Koch, and Amanda Cabanillas.

AWSMP Edu­ca­tors (from left to right) Matt Savat­gy, Brent Gotsch, Tim Koch, and Aman­da Caban­il­las dur­ing a snow­shoe stream walk in 2019.

 

AWSMP Stream Edu­ca­tor Tim Koch has just released a new video on stream chan­nel sta­bil­i­ty: what it is, and why it is impor­tant to main­tain and improve the sta­bil­i­ty of our rivers and streams. This 9‑minute video is meant for landown­ers, munic­i­pal offi­cials, con­ser­va­tion advi­so­ry coun­cil mem­bers, and any­one else inter­est­ed in or involved in stream man­age­ment.

 

This video can also be viewed direct­ly from AWSM­P’s YouTube Chan­nel.

AWSMP Water­shed Youth Edu­ca­tor Matt Savat­gy and Pro­gram Assis­tant Aman­da Caban­il­las are cur­rent­ly pro­duc­ing a series of edu­ca­tion­al videos and at-home activ­i­ties for stu­dents. Fol­low along at home as they dis­cuss dif­fer­ent types of rocks, assess a cul­vert, and inves­ti­gate stream fea­tures in a chan­nel cross-sec­tion.

 

Screenshot of CCE Ulster Youth Education Video Series Website

Screen­shot of CCE Ulster Youth Sci­ence Edu­ca­tion Video Series Web­site

 

The online sci­ence series can be found at the Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster Coun­ty web­site and on the AWSMP web­site under Videos.

Check back with us in the com­ing weeks, espe­cial­ly if you are a stream­side landown­er or own prop­er­ty in the Spe­cial Flood Haz­ard Area as Resource Edu­ca­tor Brent Gotsch will be pro­duc­ing a series of short videos on flood­plains, flood­proof­ing, and all things flood insur­ance. In these upcom­ing videos, Brent will teach view­ers how to read a flood insur­ance rate map (FIRM) and the work­ings of the Nation­al Flood Insur­ance Pro­gram (NFIP) among oth­er flood relat­ed top­ics.

As always, our edu­ca­tion and tech­ni­cal staff are avail­able to answer any stream, flood­plain, or ripar­i­an buffer relat­ed ques­tions! Call the AWSMP office main line at (845) 688‑3047 for assis­tance or email info@ashokanstreams.org.

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CSBI Works on Demonstration Project in Mount Tremper

Posted on: April 8th, 2020 by Irene Foster
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.

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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.

 

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Help AWSMP plant a Riparian Buffer then join us for a Party!

Posted on: September 25th, 2019 by Brent Gotsch
Help AWSMP plant a riparian buffer this weekend and join us for the Ashokan Watershed Month Closing Party!

Help AWSMP plant a ripar­i­an buffer this week­end and join us for the Ashokan Water­shed Month Clos­ing Par­ty!

 

The Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram (AWSMP) hopes you had great time cel­e­brat­ing Ashokan Water­shed Month with us. Now we need your help with our last pro­gram to close out the cel­e­bra­tions!

Join us this Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 28, and help us plant a ripar­i­an buffer at the site of a stream restora­tion project in the Town of Wood­stock. Meet us at the inter­sec­tion of Mink Hol­low Road and Van Hoagland Road near Lake Hill, NY at 10:00am. AWSMP staff will direct you where to park. From 10:00am to approx­i­mate­ly 2:00pm we will be plant­i­ng native ripar­i­an plants along a stream­bank. Water and some light refresh­ments will be on hand.

After the plant­i­ng is over we hope that you can join us at the Phoeni­cia Din­er, locat­ed at 5681 State Route 28 in Phoeni­cia for a Clos­ing Par­ty. We will be locat­ed out­side in the Phoeni­ca Din­er’s “Lot.” Par­tic­i­pants will be giv­en a vouch­er to help pay for food from the Phoeni­cia Din­er’s Airstream Food Truck. The Clos­ing Par­ty will be approx­i­mate­ly one hour in length.

Par­tic­i­pants in the plant­i­ng will also receive an Ashokan Water­shed Month reusable tote bag. Any­one is wel­come to par­tic­i­pate in the Plant­i­ng and Clos­ing Par­ty but reg­is­tra­tion is required. We look for­ward to see­ing you on Sat­ur­day to get your hands dirty help­ing the envi­ron­ment and to cel­e­brate the end of Ashokan Water­shed Month!

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