Capoolong Creek bank stabilization project in Pittstown

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Capoolong Creek bank stabilization project in Pittstown

Postby Rusty Spinner on September 18th, 2017, 8:45 am

Some of you asked about the recent restoration my firm did on the Capoolong Creek in Pittstown on public waters. If you find the lower (downstream) bridge over Lower Kingtown Road, park at the trail head and walk upstream. About 1/3 - 1/2 mile upstream of the bridge was the main section we restored after the original channel shifted and the newer channel attacked a high bank where the popular hiking trail is located, threatening to cut off access permanently because there is no more room to move the trail as the uphill neighbor is a private property and not state owned. Our job was to arrest erosion and partially reverse it. Now the state (NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife) can get a grant to do some drainage and other work to the trail itself now that the river can no longer eat the bank in high water events.

Pre restoration. Note: all vegetation on that bank was Japanese stiltgrass which dies off in winter leaving zero roots to hold the soils in place.
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Worst planting location EVER! We had to walk across the channel and scalp soils from the opposite point bar to fill in the holes around the containerized plantings and then water them in by hand. My ankle can still feel the pain nearly a week later, but it got done and seeded.
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The old channel is in red and was straight, not attacking this bank as the new channel is doing (or was until we corrected that).

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And finally....

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Re: Capoolong Creek bank stabilization project in Pittstown

Postby barkeater on September 18th, 2017, 10:47 am

Always fascinating. The science of stream/flood plain maintenance has come such a long way from the days when the solution was to channel the stream at erosion/flooding points and just send the water further down stream where it was the next person's/town's problem. They in turn would do the same until too many streams became ditches for run-off.
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Re: Capoolong Creek bank stabilization project in Pittstown

Postby Rusty Spinner on September 18th, 2017, 11:01 am

barkeater wrote:Always fascinating. The science of stream/flood plain maintenance has come such a long way from the days when the solution was to channel the stream at erosion/flooding points and just send the water further down stream where it was the next person's/town's problem. They in turn would do the same until too many streams became ditches for run-off.


That still goes on far more than it should!!!

Here's a link to my Trout Scapes site with more on the story. The salamander can be figured out, but I don't mention it by name.

https://www.troutscapes.com/trout-scape ... -wildlife/
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Re: Capoolong Creek bank stabilization project in Pittstown

Postby Rusty Spinner on September 18th, 2017, 1:52 pm

More pix:

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Re: Capoolong Creek bank stabilization project in Pittstown

Postby Rusty Spinner on September 18th, 2017, 5:35 pm

Sorry, couldn't help myself

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