* Project: NY Batten Kill Eldridge Swamp
* Location: Eldridge Swamp off the Batten Kill north of Rte 313 West in Jackson and south of Highway 64 in Salem, NY.
* Time frame: When plans are completed and funds raised?
* Partners: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, NY Department of Environmental Conservation, Washington County Soil, Water, and Conservation Service, Clearwater and Adirondack Trout Unlimited, private landowners. Eldridge Swamp belongs to the state of New York.
* Problem description: The problem along this section of the Batten Kill is that the river has been straightened and denied access to historical flood channels in Eldridge Swamp. As a result in high water the current hits the big curve very hard, and has been trying to cut off that meander. Such a meander curve is very important for sediment storage and pool creation, so it would be good to preserve it. In addition, the swamp has numerous spring holes and brook trout habitat possibilities that more water would improve.
* Planned project work: This project will increase flood storage and flood resilience, improve trout habitat, and stabilize banks. This will be done by excavating out some of the old channels that still exist in the swamp so that the river has better access to them. Some structures of wood and stone will be put into the main channel of the Batten Kill to improve the dynamics there as well.
* Map: This map shows the channels that would be deepened as a black line -- the Batten Kill Channel runs above those lines, with a yellow line showing the border between Salem and Jackson. There are some notations on the image that can just be ignored. The key is to see the big bend of the BK and how releasing more floodwater into the swamp might help the habitat of both and might also provide better flood storage and flood resilience for neighboring property owners.