* Project: NY Batten Kill Krauss/Meyers 2017
* Location: Batten Kill some distance below Eagleville Covered Bridge off Rte 313 in Jackson, NY, kind of behind the Cambridge Lantern/Copper Trout Gallery.
* Time frame: August 2017
* Partners: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation, Washington County Soil, Water, & Conservation District, Clearwater Chapter of Trout Unlimited & Adirondack Chapter of Trout Unlimited, & private landowners.
* Problem description: The problems along this section of the Batten Kill are the lack of cover and shelter for the trout and banks that are eroding or in danger of eroding. The riverbed tends to be over wide and shallow, without river dynamics to create a section of the channel that runs along deep and curving back and forth. Those river dynamics can naturally create the depth and clusters of wood that trout need. We have already worked both upstream and downstream of this section, so it has been great to fill in the gap.
* Planned project work: This project will improve trout habitat and stabilize banks through the installation of structures of wood and stone. We have put in new structures in the upstream area: a long bank bench, bank stabilization structures, and a big rock vane to prevent erosion and encourage curvature. We have returned to some of the structures from 2011: six log/rock vane extensions in the downstream section.
* Photos: First there are two before pictures with Jim Pinheiro and Jason Smith of NY DEC checking where the bank bench with wood and stone was to go, and then Carl Schwartz of US FWS next to a structure installed further downstream that Tropical Storm Irene pulled apart, but the wood was too big for her floodwaters to take away -- we used this log in the extension of a nearby log/rock vane. The next is a snap of the overall sketch map of the project. Then there are two after photos of the bank bench installed to control erosion, redirect velocity to the center of the channel, and protect the bank from erosion -- it is built of tree materials driven into the bank, laid longways, and weighed down with slate and river cobbles. Then there are two after pictures of an extended log/rock vane using that big log, then a view upstream showing several extended log/rock vanes and the built up cobble beach that altogether will improve the river dynamics and the habitat.