Esopus flooding to be discussed at Trout Unlimited meeting

The Ashokan-Pepacton Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited (APWCTU) will host a presentation on Wednesday, Jan 22. by Scott George and Barry Baldigo of the United States Geological Society examining “The Effects of Flooding on the Upper Reaches of the Esopus Creek.”
The Upper Esopus Creek and its tributaries experienced historic flooding from Tropical Storm Irene on August 28, 2011. The magnitude of the flooding exceeded the 100-year return interval at some locations in the basin. Despite the extensive changes to in-stream and riparian habitat, brown trout communities were resilient, while rainbow trout populations declined substantially. Possible reasons for these findings, including interspecies competition, unfavorable habitat changes, and normal fluctuations in population density will be discussed.
The APWCTU’s January meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Boiceville Inn on Route 28 with a short business session. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. The entire evening is open to the public at no charge. For more information, please visit www.apwctu.org.