* Project: NY Batten Kill State Line Return
* Location: Batten Kill for about half a mile starting at the Battenkill Access Stateline Park on Rte 313 just downstream of the Vermont border.
* Time frame: August 2016 -- COMPLETED!.
* Partners: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation, Washington County Soil, Water, & Conservation District, Clearwater & Adirondack Chapters of Trout Unlimited, & private landowners.
* Problem description: This project was a return to a reach that we worked on in August 2010 (look for the State Line project in the past projects listing). We installed structures to protect the banks from erosion and to narrow and deepen the main flow of the current. The structures have worked so well that they are not no longer affecting that main flow, but the channel still does not have the kind of depth that would be best for trout habitat. Therefore we have returned to the reach to install additional structures that extend further into the
channel. They will intensify and extend the improvements in river dynamics and naturally create more cover and shelter for trout habitat.
* Planned project work: This project has again improved trout habitat and stabilized banks through the installation of structures of wood and stone in this area. We installed about 22 new log/rockvanes or extensions of existing log/rock vanes. About three bank protection structures in side channels were put in. And about 16 boulder clusters for cover and shelter were installed in sections of the downstream channel in medium depth. We added bank protection structures upstream of the big rock vane at the access point. First two BEFORE photos show the upstream view from an existing rock vane and a view that shows two existing vanes narrowing the main flow somewhat. The AFTER pictures start with a view of a series of new or extended log/rock vanes looking downstream. Then there is a boulder cluster. Then a series of vanes looking upstream. Then Carl Schwartz and the operators trying to figure out what to install upstream of the big rock vane -- ultimately put in log structures along the bank as it was too deep to put in a vane. And finally, if you look closely you can see small fish taking shelter in the roots of a structure just HOURS after it was installed.