* Project: NY Batten Kill Habitat Restoration at Hickory Hill & Eagleville
* Location: Below the Rte 313 bridge at Hickory Hill Road and some distance downstream of the Eagleville Covered Bridge in Shushan, NY. This work was the remainder of the project planned for August 2011 that was interrupted by Tropical Storm Irene flooding.
* Timeframe: August 2012
* Partners: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, NY Department of Environmental Conservation, Washington County Soil & Water Conservation District, Clearwater and Adirondack Trout Unlimited Chapters.
* Problem Description: These Batten Kill reaches were over-widened and shallow, to some extent because of old, dysfunctional "deflector" structures, and the habitat was deficient in cover and shelter for trout.
* Planned project work: The project work removed the old deflectors and installed structures of wood and stone that created a concentrated river flow that winds back and forth within the existing channel and also provided cover and shelter. This approach has been proven to increase the trout population.
* Photos in the slideshow above show the reaches to be restored as too wide and shallow, with little cover and shelter, the types of materials to be used, a structure below Eagleville, structures looking upstream at the 313 bridge near Hickory Hill Road, and a complex undercut log and rock structure downstream along the first field on Hickory Hill road near the 313 bridge.