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SUNY Orange Rain Garden

Rain garden at SUNY Orange


The SUNY Orange Rain Garden Project is a collaborative project between Orange County Soil & Water Conservation District, Cornell Cooperative Extension's Master Gardeners Program and SUNY Orange. The rain garden mitigates runoff from a large driveway area (8,300 square feet) on campus. The rain garden showcases the use of native plants and serves as an educational tool for students, faculty, staff, and the public to learn about how rain gardens function and how they benefit the environment.

Site Location

Site Name: SUNY Orange (Orange County Community College)
Address: 115 South Street, Middletown, NY 10940
County: Orange
Watershed: Monhagen Brook (Wallkill River)
Land use of site: College campus
Can this site be visited? Yes
Location on site: College Green next to the gazebo near Morrison Hall and the Library

Practice Details

Intent of design: To mitigate runoff on campus, to educate students, faculty, staff, and the public about rain gardens and native plants
Size of structure/capacity: 475 square ft surface area, 158 cubic ft volume/storage capacity
Size of drainage area: 8,300 square ft
Plants or materials used: Red Switch Grass, Tufted Hair Grass, Log Fern, Joe Pye Weed, Morning Star Sedge, Marsh Marigold, Tickseed, Bristly Iris, Aster, Goldenrod, Blue Cardinal Flower, Pig Squeak, Cinnamon Fern, Gayfeather, Astilbe, Turtlehead, Obedient Plant, Red Twig Dogwood, Dwarf Fothergilla, and Virginia Sweetspire
Maintenance: Regular weeding, trimming, removal of leaves in the intake area, etc. as needed.
Maintained by: The college's Horticulture Assistant along with volunteer students and faculty

Design/Installation Information

Design: Orange County Soil & Water Conservation District in collaboration with Orange County Cornell Cooperative Extension's Master Gardeners
Installation: Orange County Soil & Water Conservation District, Orange County Cornell Cooperative Extension's Master Gardeners, SUNY Orange Maintenance department, and college student and faculty volunteers
Date of installation: October 2010
Zoning change or special permit required: No
Project cost: Approximately $10,000
Form of payment: Grant from Hudson River Estuary Program

For Additional Site Information:

Contact: Kirsten Gabrielsen, Sustainability Coordinator, SUNY Orange
Email: kirsten.gabrielsen@sunyorange.edu
Phone: (845) 341-4118