Schoharie Creek Management Plan

The Schoharie Creek Management Plan was designed as a comprehensive review of stream characteristics, data, maps and presents recommended management strategies. The management strategies consist of measures that can be taken individually and collectively to reduce the flood risks associated with living in the Schoharie valley, improve the ecology of the stream and floodplain, while protecting the stream’s many resource values. Ultimately, the plan is meant to assist watershed municipalities and residents in planning for a sustainable future for their property, infrastructure, water and biological resources. Ensuring the health of the watershed’s environmental resources will also help to secure a future of prosperous economic growth and a good quality of life for watershed residents.

Section 1

Table of Contents, Preface and Acknowledgements

Introduction & Goals

Section 2 - Schoharie Creek Natural and Institutional Resources (Complete Section (3.6 MB))

This section provides watershed background information and characteristics which influence the Schoharie Creek. 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

2.8 Landuse/Landcover

2.9 Fisheries & Wildlife

2.10 Recreational Opportunities

     Recreation Opportunity Map

2.11 Stakeholders

2.12 Agency Contacts and Program Resources

2.13 Permit Requirements

Section 3 - Watershed Inventory and Assessment (Complete Section (1.3 MB))

This section includes a summary of water quality assessments that have been undertaken over the years in the Schoharie Creek, 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 Schoharie Creek, from the headwaters at the top of the watershed, downstream to its confluence with Schoharie Reservoir, located in the Town of Prattsville. The Schoharie Creek mainstem has been organized into 18 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 Map

Management Unit 1

Management Unit 2

Management Unit 3

Management Unit 4

Management Unit 5

Management Unit 6

Management Unit 7

Management Unit 8

Management Unit 9

Management Unit 10

Management Unit 11

Management Unit 12

Management Unit 13

Management Unit 14

Management Unit 15


Management Unit 16

Management Unit 17

Management Unit 18

Section 5 - Demonstration Projects

Proposed Projects and Goals, 2006

Project Reporting from Completion of Proposals, 2007-2009

Lexington Culvert Replacement: Design and Implementation Report

Riparian Planting Pilot: Site Selection Guidelines

Riparian Planting Pilot: Carr Road Design and Implementation Report

Riparian Planting Pilot: Carr Road Guide to Vegetation Management

Schoharie Avenue Bank Stabilization Design and Implementation Report

Section 6 - 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 Schoharie Creek.

General Recommendations



Appendix A Native Vegetation

Appendix B Vegetation Mapping Protocol

     Riparian Vegetation Map - MU 1-3

     Riparian Vegetation Map - MU 4-6

     Riparian Vegetation Map - MU 7-9

     Riparian Vegetation Map - MU 10-15

     Riparian Vegetation Map - MU 16-18

Appendix C Complete Biodiversity Table

Appendix D Shandaken SPDES Permit

Appendix E Stream Management Data Dictionary Guide



Schoharie Creek 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, Project Manager


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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