an environmentally sensitive planting scheme
TRUMBULL Old Mine Park has become a study in contrasts
On the north side from the Pequonnock River is a scene of how parks were landscaped back in the 1950s, with closecropped grass extending to the water’s edge canada goose jacket in los angeles .
The southern bank is populated with native trees and shrubs, and soon tall grasses will fill in the voids, because of efforts by Save the Sound, the town’s and volunteers canada goose jacket in los angeles .
On the glorious Saturday morning, with dappled sunlight filtered by newly planted birches, the 35 volunteers as well as an range of VIPs pitched in to turn the riverbank by the parking lot into a “streamside buffer . ”
“The idea was to create a sustainable riparian buffer and rain garden,” said , the Greenwich landscape architect who designed the planting and runoff scheme together with her husband, Dale .
“This is really a model for which you should see across the entire riverbank,” said , from the Conservation Commission . “When you have an arrangement like this, the financial institution remains safe and secure against erosion and also the trees and shrubs are generally absorbing water and shading the stream to create an environment more conducive to fish . ”
This vegetation, combined with a rain garden, also collects and filters the parking lot runoff before it enters the forest . The parking area of Old Mine Park is only a few paces in the water’s edge .
This is the to begin what will be several socalled “model” projects that are area of the , an attempt by Bridgeport, Trumbull and Monroe to restore the forest enough where shad, trout and other indigenous fish can again understand upstream, according to , director of habitat restoration for Save the Sound . Improving the riverbank habitat, as was the case here, is also part of its focus, she said .
One benefit of this kind of landscaping, Watson said, is it creates an environment unwelcome to that scourge of waterways in the state, the Canada goose, regarded by many being an invasive species here .
“They love what you see on the other side from the river grass that’s mowed right to the water’s edge . ”
Affirmed, in regards to a dozen Canada geese were lolling about on the other side from the river, taking up residence on the soccer field which right now was basically unusable, because of goose excrement . Parsons and others there said that it’s hoped that the will similarly landscape the park’s north riverbank, which may, in effect, banish the Canada goose in the park .
“One trouble with that is that people think that they’re cute,” Parsons said . “This streamside buffer which is what naturally grows along a riverbank can control the Canada goose at really low cost . ”
The volunteers ranged in age from 7 to 70 . Also lending help was state Rep . , RFairfield, who represents a portion of Trumbull .
For the time being, the rain garden looks like a traprock pit . But soon, Parsons said, it will be filled with tall grass .
“The idea would be to restrain water from the parking lot during a major rain event to recharge the groundwater and to keep pollutants from entering the river,” she said . The grass, along with the indigenous plantings, will provide a habitat for insects, birds, amphibians as well as an assortment of invertebrates .
This gives bacteria an opportunity to break down motor oil contained in the parking area runoff, Parsons said .
Officials said that the plants along with other materials were taken care of by a grant from the , which provided $40,000 for that project . The Parks Department planted the larger trees and performed much of the rough landscaping .
“Before we even got the plants in the ground today, Baltimore orioles landed on pretty much every one,” she said . . . canada goose jacket in los angeles .