Woodland Valley Creek Stream Management Plan Now Available for Free Download

Posted on: June 4th, 2018 by Tim Koch

The AWSMP has released a new stream man­age­ment plan for Wood­land Val­ley Creek. Stream man­age­ment plans (SMPs) are one of the most valu­able resources that the AWSMP cre­ates for stream­side res­i­dents and com­mu­ni­ties. They con­sist of detailed infor­ma­tion about stream con­di­tions as well as rec­om­men­da­tions that landown­ers can use to make effec­tive and sus­tain­able stream man­age­ment decisions.

Wood­land Val­ley Creek’s 6.3 mile long main­stem is divid­ed into sev­en man­age­ment units (MUs) and each MU has its own chap­ter. To put the SMP to use for you, sim­ply down­load the doc­u­ment, deter­mine which MU you call home (see the map below), nav­i­gate to that chap­ter and start reading.

Woodland Management Units

Wood­land Val­ley Creek’s sev­en man­age­ment units.


Each MU chap­ter dis­cus­es the fol­low­ing top­ics in great detail: flood threats, bank ero­sion that is encroach­ing on pri­vate or pub­lic prop­er­ty, inva­sive species, at-risk infra­struc­ture, and his­toric chan­nel con­di­tions that show how the stream has moved across the val­ley floor over time. (See the image below that shows how Wood­land Val­ley Creek in MU‑5 has moved, or “avulsed” since 1959.) Each MU chap­ter has a foot by foot descrip­tion of stream fea­tures. These sec­tions read like a trav­el book. Along the way, points of inter­est and con­cern are dis­cussed in detail as well as the com­plex process­es that have shaped the cur­rent stream chan­nel. It’s like tak­ing a walk­ing tour with your own per­son­al stream expert.

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Landown­ers are encour­aged to con­sult the SMP for rec­om­mend­ed actions in their spe­cif­ic sec­tion of stream. Typ­i­cal rec­om­men­da­tion strate­gies include: sta­bi­liz­ing severe bank ero­sion sites, improv­ing road-stream cross­ings, and restor­ing ripar­i­an veg­e­ta­tion. Wood­land Creek landown­ers can receive free assis­tance with restor­ing ripar­i­an veg­e­ta­tion through the Catskill Streams Buffer Ini­tia­tive (CSBI) at the AWSMP. Landown­ers and resource man­agers can sched­ule a free site con­sul­ta­tion with SWCD by call­ing (845) 688‑3047.

The AWSMP pro­vides fund­ing to munic­i­pal­i­ties for stream projects that imple­ment stream man­age­ment plan recommendations.

To obtain a copy of the Wood­land Creek Stream Man­age­ment Plan, go to https://ashokanstreams.org/publications-resources/stream-management-plans/.