Deadly Esopus hazard removed

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Deadly debris reformed after claiming a life last September

SHANDAKEN – The so-called “Strainer” of washed up debris in the Esopus Creek in the Town of Shandaken has been cleaned up.
“Some of these trees were as big as a truck,” said Ulster County Legislator John Parete, who brought the problem to the attention of fellow lawmakers.
That was the scene of a deadly incident that claimed the life of Jordyn Engler on September 5, 2015.
The debris that had accumulated last fall was removed from the creek but it was later determined it was in danger of washing back into the creek. So, that debris is now being removed under the supervision of the Ulster County Soil and Water Conservation District. That agency has subcontracted with Rothe Lumber Corporation of Saugerties to grind the debris. The area will be reseeded to help reduce erosion.