Project: Stateline Park
Location: Stateline Park and downstream in the Batten Kill off Rte 313 in Shushan, NY, just downstream from the border with Vermont.
Time Frame: 2010
Partners: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, NY Department of Environmental Conservation, Washington County Soil, Water, and Conservation District, NY Department of Transportation, Clearwater and Adirondack Chapters of Trout Unlimited, the Frost family.
Problem Description: Dysfunctional log and rock “deflector” structures installed decades ago were driving the force of the current into the banks, causing erosion and resulting in an over wide and shallow river for over half a mile beginning at the park and running downstream along private property. This leads to poor trout habitat. In addition, erosion from foot traffic, runoff, and high water was damaging the river access at the park.
Project Work Completed: The restoration of natural river dynamics and improvement of habitat were accomplished through the installation of rock and log structures to redirect the current to the center of the channel and provide cover and shelter. A large rock vane was put in at the Stateline park access to the river to protect the bank and provide a kind of ramp for access. All of these structures function to create a deeper, winding channel, and pools along the steep hill have downstream have become deeper. The project reach extends along that public park where there is guaranteed public access for angling downstream along private property. Trees and bushes were planted as part of the site restoration after the work and also to thicken up the existing riverwoods.
Photos: Photos in the slideshow above show one of the dysfunctional rock and log deflectors to be removed, an excavator midstream during project work with logs lined up on the bank ready for installation in new structures, and three images of newly built structures (log structures and rock vanes) installed during the project.