The Fall Kill Creek Planning Project

The Fall Kill Creek Planning Project brings together Poughkeepsie advocates and residents, designers and engineers to transform the creek into a vibrant community resource.  This Master Plan calls for a walkable green corridor and designs for selected pilot sites along urban stretches of the waterway in the City of Poughkeepsie.

A phased, long-term vision for the creek ranging from the scale of city-wide infrastructures to a homeowner’s backyard, establishes a plan for public waterfront access, bridge connections with neighborhood centers, and to improve water quality and habitat using green infrastructure practices.  Working with community centers and residents, the project explores how increased access to the creek can best support social and economic interests of the city’s residents, and provide needed public spaces that can activate adjacent neighborhoods.


Clearwater and The Fall Kill Watershed Committee Neighborhood Source Assessment (25MB)

A User’s Guide to the Fall Kill — Handbook (7MB)

The Fall Kill Plan (28MB)

pdficonsmall Map of the Fall Kill Watershed

The Fall Kill Watershed is located entirely in Dutchess County and encompasses five municipalities:  the Towns of Clinton, Hyde Park, Pleasant Valley, Poughkeepsie and the City of Poughkeepsie.  The Fall Kill Creek, which runs through the city, will become a valuable community asset through the Fall Kill Restoration Plan, which will provide ecosystem services while also providing green space and recreational opportunities for City residents. Until recently, the Fall Kill Creek has a history of being ignored, used as a dumping ground, or used as the setting for unlawful activity such as drug trafficking.  However, awareness is growing and the potential for the creek to become an asset to city residents and surrounding community is being realized.  A healthy Fall Kill is the result of proper stewardship of the surrounding land, which, in turn, increases the quality of life for those living within the watershed.

The Fall Kill Watershed Committee, formed in 2002, is an independent community-led coalition, coordinated by Clearwater, dedicated to revitalizing the creek and made up of community groups, educational institutions, and interested community individuals living and working in the Fall Kill watershed.  The Committee concentrates on protection and revitalization of the historic Fall Kill Creek and its surrounding watershed.

The Fall Kill Watershed Committee is an independent community-led coalition, coordinated by Clearwater, dedicated to revitalizing the creek.


Fall Kill Watershed Committee Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc.

eDesign Dynamics — habitat and hydrology specialists, Eric Rothstein, Managing Partner and Engineer
LANDmine Studio —  landscape designer, Alice Feng, Principal
PAUSE — Poughkeepsie-based community outreach, Matthew Slaats, founder
Urban Landscape Lab, Columbia University
 — team coordinator Janette Kim, Director

NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program

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