BUSH KILL SUB-BASIN
The Bush Kill watershed is located within four different townships: the Town of Middletown and Roxbury in Delaware County, the Town of Halcott in Greene County, and the Town of Shandaken in Ulster County. The Village of Fleischmanns is the only population center along the Bush Kill mainstem.
The Bush Kill mainstem, at the confluence with Dry Brook, is a fourth order stream. In addition to numerous unnamed tributaries, there are four major tributaries that enter the mainstem: Red Kill, Vly Creek, Little Red Kill, and Emory Brook. Tributaries entering the Bush Kill mainstem appear to have minimal impact on sediment load on the mainstem. The drainage area of the Bush Kill is approximately 47.18 square miles. The mainstem is 4.8 stream miles from the confluence of Dry Brook mainstem upstream to the confluence of Vly Creek and Emory Brook. The Vly Creek mainstem is approximately 9.4 stream miles long and the drainage area is 22.5 square miles. Both the
Bush Kill and Vly Creek are primarily C stream types. Some sections of Vly Creek are C/B, B, and A. The Bush Kill watershed valley is generally broad to very broad towards the headwaters and narrow to broad near the confluence. The land is predominately forested and residential. The average annual rainfall in the watershed can range from 37-41 inches/year for the Bush Kill mainstem and 41-49 inches/year in the headwaters.
The Bush Kill – from Fleischmanns to the Dry Brook at Arkville – has tremendous opportunities for additional recreational access, and better promotion of those that already exist.