Parts of the 210-square-mile watershed are in pretty good shape; other parts, as you might expect, need significant help.
In the Town of North East, from whence this website originates, the Report discusses three projects and asks for specific feedback on all three:
- NE/Millerton joint highway garage project: pages 152-4
- Millerton’s Century Boulevard drainage: pages 155-6
- Millerton storm drain improvements: page 157.
Thoughtful comments about other projects—and anything you think the Plan should have included—are solicited.
The authors, named the Ten Mile River Collaborative, include officials and volunteers from the communities the stream drains: Salisbury, North East, Millerton, Amenia, Wassaic, Dover, Pawling, and Sharon. It was ably executed by the Housatonic Valley Association, aided by representatives from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County, Dutchess County Soil and Water Conservation District, Dutchess County Planning Department, CT Northwest Conservation District, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Open Space Institute, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Many other environmental and land-use organizations were also involved.
A sign of project’s founding principle—the interconnectivity of all water—is that a major funder was The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Long Island Sound Futures Fund. It recognizes that what leaves, say, Millerton by water will eventually end up in the Sound’s harbors and on its beaches.
A key goal: “Leverage the outstanding natural and cultural heritage of the watershed for economic development, while balancing economic growth with natural resource conservation.”
Here, more of the project’s initiatives, starting on page 172 of the report:
8.2.1 Ten Mile River Watershed Connections—bringing local youth to help with watershed restoration projects.
8.2.3 In-Stream Wood Management—dealing with large deposits of wood (downed trees, limbs, branches), especially after floods.
8.2.4 Stream Cleanups—A good way for residents to connect with their local waterways.
8.2.5 Stream Corridor Assessments—identifying areas for restoration and pollution sources, to develop a more detailed action plan.
8.2.6 Water Quality Monitoring—TMRC aims to launch two programs: one led by professional staff and one for trained community scientists.
8.2.7 Temperature Studies—Monitoring to identify feeder streams that have cold-water habitat, which is threatened. The lower Ten Mile River has increased in mean annual temperatures over the last 20 years.