Over and over again, it happens. Sure, you need to remove debris from streams after big floods. But you don’t need to bulldoze trout streams into ditches — especially when the state DEC expressly requires that stream work “must conform to the pre‐flood depth, width, gradient, and channel character, matching the stable stream channel upstream and downstream of the project area.”
Here’s the Press-Republican’s story from this morning. There’s a good sidebar, too.