Well, first of all, until it started raining again in the last ten minutes, the Batten Kill water level was starting to come down.... But here are some project updates, and we will just have to hope that water levels will come down enough to do the in stream work at some point this season....
The text below is based on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation pamphlet “Batten Kill: Location of Public Fishing Rights (PFR)". Maps showing the locations of these areas are posted on the new kiosk put up at the NY public access park just downstream of the state line along Rte 313 in Shushan by the Clearwater Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Here is a direct link to the NYSDEC PFR Maps for the Batten Kill.
During the winter I have such a different relationship with the Batten Kill. I am not in and out of it every other day or so, and the activities of fish and other wildlife that go on in the cold water and under the ice is closed off from me.
Author John Merwin has died. Having spent much of his life in Dorset, VT, he was an important writer and advocate for trout habitat in general and the Batten Kill in particular.
During fall 2012 several storms with high, gusting winds brought trees down into Benedict Brook in Arlington, VT. This is exactly what the stream needs to improve natural dynamics for curvature and pools and proper sediment deposition. It is exactly what the stream needs to accumulate large and small woody material to provide cover and shelter for trout and food for the aquatic insects upon which they feed.
I am leaving the original post below in case anyone wants to check on my waterway advice, but I will just say that in the Batten Kill watershed we got the edge of Sandy's wrap around storm: wind and rain, downed trees and lost power.
But it is hard to feel too relieved and happy, when down south people got hit so hard. I mean, it is one thing to see the Batten Kill coming up in your yard, if the Atlantic is coming up in your yard, well ..... I am grieved and saddened by the damage and suffering.
Mr. Schwartz explained how four characteristics of streams interact to determine whether the river system is stable or not.
"Work together for healthy streams" by Derek Pruitt - PostStar.com
One of the lessons to come out of Tropical Storm Irene last summer was natural defenses — a river’s twists and turns, its forested floodplains and the boulders and banks that obstruct its currents — work best in slowing and calming a flood.
"Roaring Branch work gets grant" by Zeke Wright, Staff Writer - Bennington Banner
SUNDERLAND -- A federal watershed grant dedicated to river habitat restoration will repair sections of the Roaring Branch near Kelly Stand Road following Irene flood damage.