Rain Garden installed at Rail Trail in Millerton

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Millbrook Independent

By Antonia Shoumatoff

The Housatonic Valley Association has installed a demonstration of how to filter stormwater run-off through vegetation, a system called a rain garden, next to the Harlem Valley Rail Trail in downtown Millerton. The design and installation of the garden is by Mark K. Morrison, Ltd., landscape architects. It is visible from the rail trail and will soon have interpretive signage explaining how it functions.

This rain garden will serve as a model for municipalities and developers coming into the area and will encourage planning boards and highway superintendents to propose such projects as well. The project will be a small step towards improving the water quality of the Webutuck Creek, part of the Tenmile River Watershed, which runs along the rail trail for much of its length.

Partners on the project are village trustee Christine Bates and village planning board member Peter Greenough. They will provide supportive maintenance for the garden, in conjunction with the NorthEast Community Center. Steve Olsen, director of Dutchess County Parks, and Linda Cooper, Taconic Region Regional Director of New York State Parks, facilitated the permitting of the project.

The rain garden is being funded by grants totaling $11,000 from the S.L. Gimbel Foundation, the Community Response Fund of the Community Foundation of Dutchess County, and Harney Teas. Donations of plants were received from Twin Brooks Gardens in Millbrook.

 

 

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