Warner Creek flows through Silver Hollow and is a major tributary to the Stony Clove Creek. Warner Creek begins on Plateau Mountain in the Town of Hunter in Greene County. From there it enters the Town of Woodstock in Ulster County where it briefly interacts with Woodstock’s Silver Hollow Road. It then flows through a steep and narrow valley of undeveloped public land and enters the Town of Shandaken where it meets up with a second Silver Hollow Road before entering the Stony Clove Creek just above Chichester.
Warner Creek’s watershed is about 10 square miles and the main channel is approximately 9 miles long. Warner Creek is of interest to the stream management program because of its contributions of suspended sediment to the Stony Clove Creek. These sediment inputs add to overall turbidity and have been identified as a threat to water quality.
Warner Creek was the subject of study for students participating in a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Program hosted by SUNY New Paltz from 2010 to 2012. During that time students walked the length of the stream and mapped stream features as part of a study on how mountain streams respond to very large floods such as those experienced from 2010 – 2011. Other students mapped the glacial geomorphology of Silver Hollow. The students’ research has been presented at several national and regional conferences.
Warner Creek was assessed and studied from 2010-2012. A report for Warner Creek will be available on this website when it becomes available.