Watershed Plan Case Study

Upper and Middle Hudson Watershed

Monitoring Progress by Monitoring Fish Habitat 

Guidelines for Monitoring Fish Habitat in Wadeable Streams of the Catskill Mountain Region, NY, published by the US Geological Survey in 2003, grew out of the need to monitor the success of stream channel stabilization projects in Catskill Mountain streams. Stream channel erosion was causing sedimentation and degrading water quality in the downstream reservoirs that are the drinking water supply for New York City. By monitoring stream habitats, managers are able to evaluate how well stabilization projects reduce sedimentation and other impacts. The US Geological Survey, Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the NYC Department of Environmental Protection worked together to develop, test, and publish an assessment methodology that monitors fish habitat suitability of a stream for one year prior to restoration and three years following restoration. The monitoring guidance document serves as a mechanism to evaluate the success of the restoration project and includes the methodology, a field equipment list, and monitoring forms.

This example appears in Chapter 6 of the Watershed Planning Guidebook.