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Reach 9: Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden Wetlands are located within the large forested and upland area surrounding the Bronx River. There are no major floodplain wetlands and long the river here because of the relatively steep, narrow valley through which the river flows.

Despite the relatively pristine forested riparian area along the river, there have been stormwater runoff and discharge practices that have impacted the water quality here. To correct these impacts and better protect the aquatic resources, the Garden had funded three projects to benefit the Bronx River and the surrounding community. These included:

  • $365,000 to benefit the ecology or use and enjoyment of the river. These funds supported the conversion of a frequently flooding ball field to native floodplain wetland forest in the Bronx Forest upstream;
  • Creation of a canoe portage trail and canoe launch around the dam and Snuff Mill in the Garden that allows passage from the northern Bronx River to the estuary, and has included invasive plant maintenance.
  • Maintenance of storm water catch basins at the facilities connected to discharge points to the river. Catch basin maintenance programs are effective measures to prevent sediment and other pollutants from reaching water bodies.

Click on a symbol in the map for information about the feature.

Reach 9 Clickable Map

Key to Reach Feature Symbols

  • Channelization
  • Erosion
  • Combined Sewer Outfall
  • Outfall
  • Cross Section
  • Pebble Count
  • Habitat Assessment Site
  • Water Quality Monitoring
  • Fish Sampling
  • Plankton Sampling
  • Benthic Monitoring
  • Vegetation Monitoring
  • Riffle
  • Pool
  • Large Woody Debris
  • Large Woody Debris Jam

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