The aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene is striking from the air.
Dramatic changes to the landscape, entire structures and buildings missing, stream channels where roadways and bridges once crossed the Ausable River, Gulf Brook, Styles Brook, buildings moved from foundations in Keene, Upper Jay and Jay, Marcy Pond drained and filled with debris from a new landslide on Wright Peak.
The Ausable River Association (AsRA) flew over the Ausable River on Sept. 2 in order to assess damage and determine the best use of resources to restore roadways and waterways. The flight was donated by LightHawk, an international non-profit providing aerial support to conservation organizations in 10 countries, and whose Eastern U.S. and Canada operations are based in Upper Jay.
AsRA had three goals for the flight: to document the river after the flood; to gather information to help the organization wisely allocate $65,000 of USFWS funds to culvert and river repair projects that will benefit people, wildlife and the river ecosystem; and to advocate for ecologically informed decision making where rebuilding affects the river and its management.
For more information see www.ausableriver.org.