Posts Tagged ‘riparian buffer’

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.

The Views from the Watershed tour is where ever you get your podcasts, or from walkingthewatershed.com

AnchorFM: https://anchor.fm/viewsfromthewatershed
Apple Music: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/views-from-the-watershed/id1592851348
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4k44bT6rPdqgrNSneGI8bi
Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/show/views-from-the-watershed

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.

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.

 

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

Posted on: September 25th, 2019 by Leslie_Zucker

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!