Watershed Residents Tour Beaver Kill

Posted on: August 15th, 2016 by Leslie_Zucker

Friday was hot and muggy, but 16 watershed residents from the Town of Woodstock and surrounding areas braved the heat to learn more about streams and stream management. The group toured the Mink Hollow and Willow Flats sections of the Beaver Kill watershed during the event organized by AWSMP. The tour started with a stream walk in the headwaters of the Beaver Kill to learn how streams transport and sort cobble and wood, and create fish habitat. The next tour stop was the Van Hoagland Rd. bridge crossing over the Beaver Kill.

AWSMP's Adam Doan answers questions about stream project plans for Mink Hollow.

AWSMP’s Adam Doan answers questions about stream project plans for Mink Hollow.

 

Stream Project Manager Adam Doan presented plans for two large stream restoration projects to address massive streambank failures upstream of the Van Hoagland crossing planned for 2017.

Along the tour route, Catskill Streams Buffer Initiative Coordinator Bobby Taylor gave an in-depth account of what was discovered during Beaver Kill stream assessments in 2009 and 2012, and later published in the Beaver Kill Stream Management Plan (AWSMP 2014). The Plan highlights the need for maintaining the base elevations of streams at depths corresponding to the valley type, whether steep and narrow, or flat and wide. Bobby also emphasized the importance of maintaining woody plants along streams to shade and cool water for fish, and to strengthen streambanks.

Highway Superintendent Reynolds talks about stream crossings.

Highway Superintendent Reynolds talks about stream crossings.

 

Town of Woodstock Highway Superintendent Mike Reynolds talked about work done to increase the span of the Van Hoagland Rd. bridge to pass higher flows and larger amounts of sediment and wood, plus future plans to replace and enlarge the Mink Hollow Rd. bridge.

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