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More Sparta Glen restoration pix

Postby Rusty Spinner on April 14th, 2016, 10:14 pm

We wrapped up our in-stream restoration project yesterday a day early. The town was very pleased as were our clients, Trout Unlimited. I love how this project came out and I was the original chapter conservation chair behind this project several years ago before leaving it in the very capable hands of John N. We kept our focus on defining the thalweg (deepest part of the channel), stabilizing in-stream structure, deepening or creating pools, strengthening riffle structures, blocking off 2 channels and placing the stream back in one that was dry when we arrived, and repairing banks. TU and many other volunteers have and will continue to plant native trees and shrubs including a fair number of white pine to eventually replace the shade lost when the hemlock woolly adelgids wiped out the mature hemlock forest before the end of the '90s. Sparta Twp. was a phenomenal partner as the landowner and TU as always was a great client of ours. The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group is overseeing a very large riparian planting restoration and were terrific to work with as was US Fish & Wildlife who were on scene with a small track excavator for digging holes for larger trees that are getting planted this coming weekend as well as their skid steer with auger that bored holes for smaller 1 gallon containerized plants. We also have lots of willow and dogwood cuttings that are being added to banks and areas we had to man-handle to get the stream reconnected to its floodplain.

Now for the pix......
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Re: More Sparta Glen restoration pix

Postby Rusty Spinner on April 14th, 2016, 10:22 pm

As you will see, it was an easy stream to add diverse habitat types as we had steep to moderate gradient. But steep gradient has its own issues as you saw with my earlier pictures on the other thread NJAngler started on this project. More pictures:

Pool habitat restoration
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Channel 8 ledgerock pool restored.jpg
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general channel restoration
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One of the many runs
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and upper section below the big step pools
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Re: More Sparta Glen restoration pix

Postby Rusty Spinner on April 14th, 2016, 10:36 pm

And we had to plug a channel formed during Hurricane Irene when large parts of the 2001 emergency stream stabilization project done at that time failed, causing the need for our type of in-channel restoration techniques a few years later. This new channel was "Z" shaped which is not in any way normal and had to do with water main pipes running right through there and poor floodplain connectivity along with too sharp a turn they put in the 2001 restored channel that finally got angry and opened a new channel. That new channel from Irene would have eventually eaten up the access road into the Glen.

The big boulder on river right (looking downstream) is the face of our block and I won't give away our trade secrets on the rest of our channel blocks, but suffice to say this one will work out just fine 8-)

The channel used to cut hard right where the boulder is and the channel you see was dry. We reversed that and lowered the bank on river left to allow the stream to flood out into its floodplain in high water events.
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And once the work was done, I took the boys to Times Square because Coy, our operator, has never been East. Oysters and Pork Slap Ale. A fine day to people watch.
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Re: More Sparta Glen restoration pix

Postby martalus on April 15th, 2016, 2:24 am

Looks like a beautiful little stream! Hoping the brookies are appreciative and grow in size/numbers!
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Re: More Sparta Glen restoration pix

Postby NJAngler on April 15th, 2016, 1:50 pm

Some Sparta Glen post Uber-thunderstorm event circa 2000....


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Re: More Sparta Glen restoration pix

Postby NJAngler on April 15th, 2016, 2:00 pm

You can clearly see the differences in the satellite images. First one shows the extent of damage done. Basically anything within 100' of the creek was blown away. That's what 14" of rain in about 24 hrs can do. Damaged and/or dying hemlocks were removed and basically the entire hillside except healthy trees cleared which is what you see in the bottom image.
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Re: More Sparta Glen restoration pix

Postby Rusty Spinner on April 15th, 2016, 9:07 pm

It was August 12, 2000 and it left a virtual moonscape in its path. Ironically, we're working also on Lubber's Run, a major Musky trib that also was greatly impacted by this same storm event. We restored one mile of that stream last fall and will be doing another 1/3 mile immediately downstream on private property. As for Sparta Glen, the bottom of what was left of the once hemlock encased Glen was littered with so many thousands of giant "matchsticks" in the form of dead hemlocks intertwined. They were simply chainsawed and hauled off site to clear a path to rebuild the failed slopes and parts of Glen Road as well as to perform emergency stream channel stabilization work which failed in many sections over the subsequent years, hence our project this past week and a half. We feel we have jump started this as the future best section of this stream habitat-wise. Time will tell...
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