WHY IS STEWARDSHIP IMPORTANT?
Given the many roles that streams play in our lives, it’s
not surprising that views on what’s best for streams depends
on who’s looking. Whether streamside landowners, recreational
users, agency resource managers or water suppliers, we are all
stewards of this extraordinary natural resource and it is essential
that competing objectives be reconciled with resource management
decisions. Preserving the beauty and pleasure provided by these
mountain streams is as important as protecting the multiple environmental
functions that streams perform. Coordinated stream management
ensures a comprehensive approach that identifies and integrates
various goals – from property conservation to the protection
of water quality, wildlife habitat and scenic views.
We have split stewardship actions and suggestions into three
different areas as they relate to the stream. Work that affects
the stream bed and its wetted banks is described more fully on
the instream page. The
streamside page refers
to actions that take place on stream banks to upland areas. And
the watershed community page
describes more general activities throughout the stream’s
watershed that may not be related to a specific place on the stream.
– Because the streamside area, or riparian buffer, is where
you can have the greatest beneficial impact on Catskill streams,
we have split it further into three main categories: riparian
buffers, invasive species and floodplains.