Manor Kill Stream Management Plan

Section 1

Table of Contents, Preface and Acknowledgements

Introduction & Goals

Section 2 - Manor Kill Natural and Institutional Resources (Complete Section - (5.7 MB))

This section provides watershed background information and characteristics which influence the Manor Kill. A chapter on living streamside and stream related activities may be of particular interest to landowners, answering commonly asked questions, including necessary permits and agency contacts, relating to activities which may impact stream health or stability.

2.1 Regional Setting

2.2 Watershed History

2.3 Physical Geography

2.4 Hydrology and Flood History

2.5 Watershed Geology

2.6 Wetlands & Floodplains

2.7 Riparian Vegetation (2.4 MB)

2.8 Landuse/Landcover

2.9 Fisheries & Wildlife (1.2 MB)

2.10 Recreational Opportunities

2.11 Stakeholders

2.12 Agency Contacts and Program Resources

2.13 Permit Requirements

Section 3 - Watershed Inventory and Assessment (Complete Section (1.2 MB))

This section includes a summary of water quality assessments that have been undertaken over the years in the Schoharie Creek and Manor Kill, an introduction to the science of stream processes, and a description of the watershed assessment protocol used to develop this stream management plan.

3.1 Water Quality Assessment

3.2 Introduction to Stream Processes

3.3 Watershed Inventory & Assessment


Section 4 - Management Unit Descriptions

This section contains very detailed descriptions and specific recommendations for the Manor Kill, from the headwaters at the top of the watershed, downstream to its confluence with Schoharie Reservoir, located in the Town of Conesville. The Manor Kill mainstem has been organized into 10 Management Units (MUs), defined using physical stream characteristics, historical channel alignments, location of bridges and road infrastructure, and valley characteristics (Fig. 4.0.1). These MU descriptions outline stream conditions (its bed and banks), general streamside (riparian) vegetation condition, and proximity and arrangement of roads, bridges and culverts.


Management Unit 1 (891 KB)

Management Unit 2 (2.7 MB)

Management Unit 3 ( 1.5 MB)

Management Unit 4 ( 1.7 MB)

Management Unit 5 ( 858 KB)

Management Unit 6 ( 2.4 MB)

Management Unit 7 ( 2.7 MB)

Management Unit 8 (1.8 MB)

Management Unit 9 (1.4 MB)

Management Unit 10 (1.3 MB)

Section 5 - General Recommendations

This section sets forth an extensive list of recommendations related to education and outreach, flood protection, water quality, public enjoyment, fisheries, riparian zone management, stream management, and programmatic issues, providing a frame work for watershed stakeholders to develop a long term management strategy to protect and improve the Manor Kill.

General Recommendations



Appendix A Native Vegetation

Appendix B Vegetation Mapping Protocol

Appendix C Complete Biodiversity Table

Appendix D Shandaken SPDES Permit

Appendix E Stream Management Data Dictionary Guide

Appendix F Fish and Macroinvertebrate Survey Reports (SUNY Cobleskill)



Manor Kill Management Plan Project Team

Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District  907 County Office Building, Cairo NY 12514  Phone (518) 622-3620 Fax (518) 622-0344 

Abbe Martin, Manor Kill SMP Project Manager abbe@gcswcd.com 

Schoharie County Soil & Water Conservation District

173 South Grand Street, Cobleskill NY 12043

Phone (518) 234-4092 Fax (518) 234-4093

Peter Nichols, Stream Program Manager


Schoharie County Planning & Development

349 Mineral Springs Road, Cobleskill, NY 12043 Phone (518) 234-3751 Fax (518) 234-3951

Alicia Terry, Director of Planning

NYCDEP Stream Management Program

71 Smith Ave, Kingston NY 124021

Phone (845) 340-7850 Fax (845) 338-1367

David Burns, Project Manager



For more information, e-mail info@catskillstreams.org

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