Department of Environmental Conservation

D E C banner

Rockland Audubon Society Rain Garden

A rain garden near a public parking lot and walkway


The demonstration rain garden is located on the Piermont Library property. The site, strategically situated on Flywheel Park near the Hudson River - with its high visibility and heavy pedestrian traffic - is ideal for educating and exposing the public to conservation and sustainable projects. Pollutants are filtered naturally as the rainwater percolates down through the soil and fibrous roots of the native plants - improving the water quality as it recharges the groundwater supply. Native plants, acclimated to local soils and weather conditions, reduce water consumption and the need for fertilizers and provide habitat for wildlife.

Site Location

Site Name: Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library
Address: 25 Flywheel Park West, Piermont, New York 10968
Owner: Piermont Library District
County: Rockland
Watershed: Hudson River
Land use of site: Public
Can this site be visited? Yes
Location on site: Northeast corner

Practice Details

Intent of design: Reduce the flow of stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries into stormdrains, where it is discharged untreated to the Hudson River
Size of structure/capacity: 8'w x 48'l x 3"d
Size of drainage area: 1,128 sq. ft.
Plants or materials used: Aquilegia canadensis, Wild Columbine; Aster novae-angliae, New England Aster; Clethra alnifolia, Sweet Pepperbush; Liatris spicata, Spike Gayfeather; Monarda didyma, Bee Balm; Panicum virgatum, Switch Grass; Penstemon digitalis, Tall White Beardtongue; Penstemon hirsutus, Hairy Beardtongue
Maintenance: Weeding, mulching, some deadheading and seasonal cleanup
Maintained by: Rockland Audubon Society & Friends

Design/Installation Information

Design: Stephanie Garber, Project Coordinator, Rockland Audubon Society, Board of Directors
Installation: Rockland Audubon Society, Village of Piermont Hwy Dept., Town of Orangetown Hwy Dept., Gardens by Chris
Date of installation: May 2010
Zoning change or special permit required: No
Project cost: $1,560 - includes garden consultation, native plants & installation.
Form of payment: Contributions from Rockland Audubon Society, Sarah Lee Gathwright Conservation Fund and Community Partners: Piermont Library: site; Village of Piermont Hwy. Dept.: excavation & grading; Town of Orangetown Hwy. Dept.: compost & mulch; Rockland County Soil and Water Conservation District: partially funded native plants; Friends of Piermont Library: funded rain garden interpretive sign.

For Additional Site Information:

Contact: Stephanie Garber, Rockland Audubon Society, Board of Directors, Conservation Committee
Phone: (845) 359-9543