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Normans Kill Stream Buffer Restoration


Streamside plants along the Normans Kill

This stream buffer restoration project is an example of green infrastructure in a park setting. The restored streamside buffers conserve the areas adjacent to streams and rivers, also known as riparian areas. When functioning properly they serve as a vegetated protective area between a body of water and human activity. A healthy vegetated buffer helps improve in-stream health and water quality by filtering and slowing pollution run-off, preventing soil erosion, providing upland habitat, contributing essential nutrients for the food chain, providing woody debris for in-stream habitat, and shading the stream to keep water temperatures down. Buffers also help absorb flood waters to protect human life and property.

Site Location

  • Site Address: Normans Kill Farm 1000 Delaware Ave. Albany, NY 12209
  • Town: Albany
  • County: Albany
  • Land Use of Site: Park
  • Can Site be visited?: Yes
  • Location on Site: Right and left bank of the Normans Kill; start at the Normanskill Dog Park. Right bank is Normanskill Preserve.

Practice Information Details

  • Intent of Design: Re-plant stream buffer
  • Year of Installation: 2007
  • Plant Material Used: Acer rubrum, Acer saccharinum, Betula nigra, Nyssa sylvatica, Cornus amomum, Cornus sericea, Platanus occidentalis, Cephalanthus occidentalis, Populus deltoides, Quercus bicolor, Quercus macrocarpa, Quercus Palustris, Salix nigra, Rosa palustris.
  • Annual Operational and Maintenance Required: Monitor tree tubes in spring and late summer.
  • Zoning Change or Special Permit: None

Design Construction and Maintenance Information

Contact for Additional Site Information:

Please visit the Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs page for more information.