Stream Management Program – Interactive Project Pages
These pages provide information on a selection of full channel stream restoration, stormwater and infrastructure, riparian buffer restoration, streambank stabilization, and floodplain restoration projects that have been constructed to meet multiple objectives including: water quality enhancement, infrastructure protection, improved flood conveyance and sediment transport, improved fish habitat, improved riparian functions and natural channel design demonstrations.
Encompassing approximately 95 square miles, the Rondout Reservoir watershed, is located primarily in Sullivan and Ulster County, NY. The Rondout Reservoir watershed drains mainly two towns – Denning in Ulster County and Neversink in Sullivan County. Small portions of Rochester, Wawarsing, Shandaken and Olive (Ulster) and Fallsburg (Sullivan) are also within the reservoir watershed. The lowest elevation within the watershed is 840 ft at the reservoir and the highest point is near the headwaters of the Rondout Creek at 3,837 ft. The primary tributaries that drain into the Rondout Reservoir are the Chestnut Creek, Trout Creek, Red Brook, Sugarloaf Brook and Rondout Creek. Streams in the Rondout valley are primarily perennial streams, that is, they flow year-round except in smaller headwater streams or in rare, extreme drought conditions.
In order to meet both surface and groundwater needs, both quality and quantity, it was determined that a comprehensive watershed approach was required to document the magnitude of potential impairments, and involve watershed stakeholders in recommending strategies for remediation and management. To date, the Sullivan County Soil and Water Conservation District (SCSWCD) and New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) have completed a stream management plan for the Chestnut Creek and a demonstration restoration project behind the Neversink Town Hall. NYCDEP has plans to conduct a similar study within the Rondout Creek watershed in upcoming years.
USGS Gage Links
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) maintains 11 continuous-recording stream gages in the West Branch Delaware River watershed above the Reservoir. These gages measure the stage, or height, of the water surface at a specific location, updating the measurement every 15 minutes. Click on the Station ID number of your gage of interest to receive real-time water surface data from USGS.
|Station ID||Station Name||Drainage Area (Mi_)||Current Period of Record|
|01364959||Rondout Creek near Red Brook at Peekamoose||
|May 1996 – present|
|01365000||Rondout Creek near Lowes Corners||
|Feb 1937 – present|
|01365500||Chesnut Creek at Grahamsville||
|Oct 1988 – present|
|0136230002||Rondout Creek at Rosendale||383||Aug 1926 – present|
|01362342||Wallkill River at Gardiner||695||Sep 1924 – present|
Demonstration Restoration Projects
Town Hall Demonstration Site
East Branch Rondout Creek:
Bank StabilizationDemonstration Project at the Ulster County Highway Garage (21 MB)
Stream Management Plans
Basin Specific Studies and Other Resources
Rondout Basin Action Plan(s)