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.