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SUNY Orange Stream Buffer Restoration


Streamside plants at SUNY Orange

The project was supported by the NYSDEC Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs Program. A section along a tributary of Monhagen Brook was identified as a suitable site for this project, because the area was quite bare and was located in an accessible area that lends itself to instructional use. The installation utilized native plant species and was completed by Estuary Program staff, volunteer students, and faculty. Installing trees and shrubs as buffers helps maintain a healthy stream environment by reducing pollutants entering the waterway.

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: Along Monhagen Brook below the campus soccer fields.

Practice Details

Intent of design: Reduce pollutants entering the stream
Size of structure/capacity: 11,500 square ft
Size of drainage area: 2,300 square ft.
Plants or materials used: Black Walnut, Black Willow, Bur Oak, Eastern Cottonwood, Flowering Dogwood, Ironwood, Pin Oak, Red Maple, Red Pine, River Birch, Sassafras, Shagbark Hickory, Silver Maple, Swamp White Oak, Sycamore, Tamarack, Tulip Tree, and White Pine
Maintenance: Monitor, repair, and straighten tree tubes in spring and late summer. Continual monitoring will be undertaken by students in Dr. Zurovchak's Environmental Conservation course and benefits of the installation will be identified by future stream data collections.
Maintained by: College volunteers
More than one practice at this site? Yes, SUNY Orange Rain Garden

Design/Installation Information

Design: Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs Program
Installation: The Hudson River Estuary Program along with college students and faculty volunteers
Date of installation: May 2009
Zoning change or special permit required: No
Project cost: Plant material provided free of charge by the Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs program
Form of payment: N/A

For Additional Site Information:

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