Genegantslet Creek Restoration Project (2010 – 2013)
In the summer of 2010 the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the United States Fish & Wildlife (USF&W) Service surveyed the upper reaches of the Geneganslet Creek just south of the village of McDonough on a section of New York State (NYS) land adjacent to Creek Road. In previous years this section of stream, approximately ½ mile, contained some excellent trout habitat that, over recent years with several high water events, was altered and degraded leaving the stream with little or no suitable habitat and therefore very few fish. In some areas the stream bed actually moved and in others it was substantially eroded and widened.
The NYSDEC and USF&W Service designed several in – stream structures to correct this situation but they lacked funding to complete the project. The Al Hazzard and Chenango Valley Chapters of Trout Unlimited applied for and received a grant from Rockwell Collins to purchase several tons of stone to be used in the structures. In 2011 USF&W started the work but severe flooding wiped out much of their progress. They returned in 2012 to complete the job which consisted of narrowing the stream bed and building several in –stream structures using stone, logs and root wads. This work was completed in September.
The next phase of this project, which took place in mid April 2013, was willow planting in an attempt to stabilize the modified stream banks and structures. The planting was completed in two stages by TU members and volunteers. Two thousand rooted willow saplings obtained from the NYSDEC, at no cost to the chapter, were planted.
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During the spring of 2014, the stream will be re-assessed to determine if additional ground cover in the form of grasses, willows, trees or other vegetation is required to further stabilize the stream banks in this section.