DEC Opens Accessible Fishing and Boat Access on the Lower Esopus Creek in Town of Ulster


NEW YORK, NY –Site Provides Fishing Access in an Urban Area Close to the Thruway and the City of Kingston

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation celebrated Earth Day 2016 with the grand opening of a new fishing access and car-top boat launch on the Lower Esopus Creek off Sandy Road in the Town of Ulster Friday.

This is DEC’s first fishing access on the Lower Esopus Creek and covers 200 feet of creek frontage. It was designed to withstand large fluctuations in water level and be as accessible as possible given the steep grade.

“This strategically located access, close to the Thruway and the City of Kingston, gives residents and visitors an attractive place to fish for popular warm water fish such as bass, walleye, perch, and sunfish, or to launch a canoe or kayak and explore the Esopus,” said DEC Region 3 Director Martin Brand. “The enhancements at this site will also provide children who live in the city a new, safe place to experience the outdoors and open their eyes to nature which is a priority of DEC.”

Site enhancements include:

A fishing platform with floating docks running parallel to the shore

Concrete paths from the parking lot to the fishing area

A boat launch for canoes and kayaks

Three universally accessible picnic tables

A 12-car parking area with two accessible parking spaces

“Our city will directly benefit from this new fishing and boating access in our neighboring community,” said Kingston Mayor Steve Noble. “As an avid kayaker, I am excited to welcome this spectacular new resource to our region.”

Ownership of the location was recently transferred from Ulster County to the DEC.

“We are very pleased that Ulster County and the DEC combined to make this happen,” said Ulster County Executive Mike Hein. “The County acquired this property through a flood buyout program and in return accomplished two very important goals: most importantly, we helped a family move out of harm’s way; and we have also greatly improved public access to this waterway. That has been at the forefront of our efforts with the New York City DEP while we have successfully fought to clean-up the Lower Esopus. I want to thank DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos for DEC’s efforts to construct a beautiful, and much-needed public space along the Lower Esopus.”

“I commend DEC’s Bill Rudge for pitching the plan to make this area open to the public for fishing, boating and kayaking, said Joe Liuni, Federated Sportsmens Clubs of Ulster County President. “It’s a beautiful location, and due to the work of the DEC more people will have access to this incredible spot.”

The access was designed and constructed to minimize any negative impacts to the Esopus Creek. All drainage from the walkways and parking spots flows away from the creek and is filtered through the sandy soils beneath the site. The sheet piling at the creek edge is faced with white oak so no pressure treated wood was used.

The site design reflects its urban location and will require minimal maintenance. Colored, stamped concrete was used for the walkways. Forty trees were planted on both sides of Sandy Road: white spruce to screen the parking areas from the neighboring residences and maples for shade.

The entire project was built by DEC Operations staff for $300,000 using New York Works 3 funding. The site is one of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 50 priority access sites under the NY Open for Hunting and Fishing Initiative.

The announcement is in honor of Earth Week, April 17-23, which Governor Cuomo proclaimed as a weeklong celebration of New York’s commitment and accomplishments to protecting our environment, conserving open space, increasing access to the state’s vast and magnificent natural resources, implementing clean energy initiatives and preparing for the effects of climate change.

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Wale Mounting

The LARSSEN waling bolts are able to absorb vertical and horizontal forces; a special wale support is not necessary. Internal wales (tension wale) must be carefully attached to the sheet pile.

In order to divert horizontal forces to the waling, and to align the wall, strong wale bolts are necessary. (min. 11/2”). Sufficient dimensioning is also necessary with splice spacing in a lotic zone as well as in case of corrosion risk. In order to render waling bolts suitable for wall alignment, they must be of sufficient length. There are two bolt types: Bolts with upset hexagon head, and bolts with double-sided thread.

The wale bolts are located within the wale section’s web and divert the loads to the base plates. There is, on the one hand, the front plate in the sheet pile recess (HOESCH piles consist of two parts due to the interlock at the pile back), and on the other hand, the back plate at the waling.

Waling can be screwed or welded onto the bottom backside of the sheet pile for the diversion of axial forces. However, this may also be realised by means of bar shear connectors which are welded onto the wale and are supported by the sheet pile web.

In the case of anchor walls, the connection is usually carried out through the waling which is located behind the wall (compressive wale). Wale mounting is not necessary for static reasons. It is sufficient to position the wales on waling supports.


Wale mounting

The waling must be connected with the sheet pile (main pile) so that occurring forces can be properly diverted. In order to facilitate the installation and the diversion of vertical forces, wales are borne by appropriately dimensioned and welded supports.

These usually consist of cut or burned, plates although other variations are also possible.

If the workspace is limited below the waling, a suspension on the sheet pile is constructed. The suspensions are either welded onto the waling or attached to the base plate of the waling. A small mounting angle is additionally welded onto the sheet pile.


Piling Accessories

Euro Ground Release (GRS) & Ratchet Release (RRS) Lifting Shackles

Remote Ground Release Shackles (GRS) and Ratchet Release Shackles (RRS) specifically designed and engineered for lifting and rotating all types of steel pile sections from horizontal stacking areas into position for piling.  For use as singles or in groups, with Safe Working Loads from 3.5-tonnes through to 40-tonnes.

Sheet Pile Threaders

The Sheet Pile Threader replaces the need for “man-lifters” when sheet piles are being pitched in panels, eliminating potential for jamming hands, and enables sheet piling to continue in adverse weather conditions.  Apart from being the safest method for interlocking sheet piles, productivity is also increased when using a sheet pile threader.

The Universal Sheet Pile Threader offers further productivity gains as the one set up is compatible with all sheet piling sections.

Pipe Lifting Shoes

Pipe Lifting Shoes are designed specifically for safely handling and separating stacked steel pile sections and other structural sections.

Strong shoes

Strong Shoes are designed for your specific pile section to increase end section modulus and resistance to buckling, as well as reduced skin friction in certain ground conditions.  Strong Shoes ensure competent driving in the hardest conditions without compromising the integrity of the pile, and can improve the end bearing capacity for load bearing piles.

Sheet Pile Capping System

The Sheet Pile Capping System is a fast and temporary economical method, and is a re-usable formwork module for cast in-situ capping beams on permanent sheet piling works such as sea walls, piers and jetties, and flood alleviation work.

Hydraulic Auger Cleaners

Hydraulic auger cleaners are designed to fit on your piling rigs for removing spoil from your CFA augers at low level, preventing danger and damage from falling debris and rig instability.  The one auger cleaner can be adapted to a variety of different auger diameters and pitches by the using alternative shells.

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Waling construction

Waling is usually constructed from two spread U-steel sections with their webs being perpendicularly positioned towards the sheet pile. Therefore it can be used an UPE or an UNP beam. Other steel sections such as LARSSEN piles and I-sections and/or a capping beam waling systems may also be used.

Reinforced steel wales are mainly used for anchor walls. Exceptions apply for pile anchorage and compensational structures for uneven sheet pile constructions.

In order to achieve the necessary distance between the two U-sections, wale spreader consisting of pitched U-steel rods or web plates are welded piecewise on the pile. The grade of spreading depends on the diameter and incline of the anchorage. It is necessary to allow for a sufficient spreading in order to keep the anchor rods away from the waling.

Heavy anchorage as well as in case of direct connection between anchorage and wale, reinforcing bracing of the wale U-section at the anchorage is essential.

Supplied waling parts are much longer than the distances between each anchorage. Splices are positioned at the places with the least stress. An entire diameter splice is not necessary although the calculated internal forces must still be covered. Proper splices are usually realised through attached U-sections which are delivered ready for installation with necessary boreholes.

Wale sections for the splice are only finished at one side. The other side must be adjusted on-site. Welded splices do not require proper adjustment if they are staggered and structurally fully connected.

Types of Retaining Walls for Sheet Piling

Different sites need different walls. With each technique specifically designed for the scenario, the following are the most common retention walls:

Cantilever – These walls provide support by the sheer strength of the sheets.

Braced and Anchored – These are necessary for high pressure situations, increasing retaining strength with lateral braces and anchors.

Soldier Piles – H-section pipes or piles are inserted into drilled holes.

Secant or Tangent Piles – Drilled out sections are filled will soil to stiffen the walls.

Structural Slurry Walls – Trenches are dug and filled with concrete as an alternative to steel.

Whatever site needs to be protected, there is likely a sheet piling solution appropriate for the situation. Investing the resources to have the sheet piling properly designed and driven can save the facility from higher costs down the road by getting the job done right the first time.

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A Quick Guide To Understanding Sheet Piling

When it comes to retaining earth during the piling and deep foundation process, sheet piling is the standard. It is commonly used for excavating or to provide protection from bodies of water. Sheet piling is also the most reliable and cost effective method to prevent shifts of soil or breeches of water from damaging the foundation or facility. Let’s take a look at how sheet piling works, safety and driving factors, and the types of retaining walls that can be used.

How Sheet Piling Works

The concept of sheet piling is pretty straightforward. Wherever a wall or siding needs to be held back, steel sheets are wedged into the earth at predetermined intervals. The sheets are driven into the soil with vibratory or impact hammers. In some cases they may be installed with hydraulic presses. The placed sheets interlock with each other, enabling variable designs that can be adapted for a specific retention job. If even more strength is needed, anchors are easy to add. The adaptability of the sheet piling means supports can be as temporary or permanent as needed. Sheet piling is used to protect or construct:

  • Parking structures
  • Seawalls and bulkheads
  • Basements
  • Pump houses
  • Foundations
  • Cofferdams
  • Below ground facilities

The Safety of Sheet Piling

When designed correctly, sheet piling can almost completely eliminate the risk of landslide, erosion, collapse or water breech. Construction sites are teeming with people and expensive equipment, so there really is no excuse for taking risks. With a simple survey, an optimal retention plan can be designed, minimizing construction costs just as much as safety risks. Properly designed and driven sheet piling can provide outstanding protection to construction sites and permanent retention walls.

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Time and money – the two factors that drive most business decisions. You can find a retaining wall system that delivers on both fronts, and results in a strong and permanent retaining solution. A recent comparison study concludes that hot-rolled steel sheet piling can provide the fastest construction time as well as significant cost savings over competing wall systems.

Evaluating the various retaining wall systems for specific project requirements can be complicated and time consuming.

From their decision-making matrix, the Federal Highway Administration concludes that for permanent retaining wall structures, cost and speed of construction are typically among the most important wall selection factors areas where steel sheet piling excels.

In addition to economy, hot-rolled steel sheet piling offers a readily available, environmentally-friendly solution for retaining structures, providing excellent stability and ease of construction in both permanent an temporary applications.

The following document present the results of the study cited above, comparing six retaining wall types in a typical permanent application. Each retaining wall system was structurally designed to meet the proposed project requirements. For the resulting wall, corresponding material and construction costs, as well as time to construct, were developed based on national average cost data. The results show that the steel sheet piling installation has the shortest construction duration overall, and can provide up to a 60% cost savings over other retaining walls.


The study considered a one-hundred-foot long retaining wall with a nineteen-foot exposed wall height, used to retain dense fine sand in an area with no water table. Although not generally required for steel sheet pile installation, the study assumed the walls were built in a cut situation with available space for open excavation. In applications where the steel sheet pile can be driven directly into the soil with- out excavation, the savings in cost and construction time would be even greater than shown below . Six retaining wall types were designed based on these basic design requirements, then costs and time to construct the resulting designs were prepared.

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Waling in general

The waling diverts forces from the sheet pile to the anchorage and stiffens as well as aligns the construction. In general, tension walings are positioned on the inside of the main wall, whereas they are usually attached as compression wales behind the wall in case of anchor walls.

EAU 2004 recommends the solid construction as well as generous dimensioning the waling and preferring heavy waling made from S 235 JR (formerly St 37-2) over the lighter types from S 355 J2G3 (for- merly St 52-3).

Load-bearing welding seams must be 2mm thicker than statically necessary due to risk of rusting.

It is recommended to dimension the wales according to the allowed anchor force of the chosen anchor. Apart from horizontal load due to anchor tension, rope tension and forces caused by traffic, the waling is also subject to vertical stress caused by anchor vertical load, soil load and its own weight. There may also be horizontal axial loads along the sheet pile axis due to, for example, rope tension.

Steel sheet-pile walls 

Sheet-pile walls are made from linked sheet piles that are long steel plates with a Z or U shape. These piles are connected together to make a sealed wall. Sheet piles are often connected together in pairs and installed using one of three methods:

    • Vibration: this is the most common method. The first sheet pile of the wall is installed into the ground. A vibratory hammer with clamp is attached to the top of the second sheet pile, which is then interlocked with the first sheet pile, and the sheet pile is vibrated into the ground.
    • Pressing: sheet piles can also be pressed into the ground when noise hindrance and vibration would otherwise cause problems. This, however, takes longer and is expensive. The sheet piles are pressed into the ground by a hydraulic machine.
  • Excavation: sheet piles can also be excavated into the soil. A long trench is excavated which is then filled with cement bentonite (a thin concrete slurry) to prevent the walls from collapsing. The sheet piles are then installed in the trench and the cement bentonite is allowed to set.

Properties of steel sheet-pile walls

Steel sheet-pile walls can retain both soil and water. The retaining height of the sheet-pile wall can be increased by driving anchors or MV piles into the ground. This increases the strength of the structure: the anchors prevent the sheet-pile wall from being forced inwards by the force of the soil or water.

Use of sheet-pile walls

Sheet-pile walls are used for both temporary and permanent purposes. They are, for example, suitable for creating a sufficiently deep workplace in the form of an excavation pit below ground level; they retain the soil or water to enable the construction. Sheet-pile walls are used in permanent structures such as quay walls or tunnel walls.

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