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Reach 6: River Park

Habitat structures were installed at the toe of the west bank of directly upstream of the 180th St. bridge. The in-stream habitat structures installed help slow flow and create cover for fish. The low bank provides a small riparian zone with silver maple, silky dogwood, diamond willow, bulrush sedges, false sunflower, and New-England aster. Native understory vegetation and seedlings such as black gum, sweet pepperbush, chokecherry, and spicebush were planted on the east bank, where the low growing vegetation had been eroded or removed by herbivory.

The upland area above the new riparian zone is being revegetated to reduce stormwater runoff and erosion. . The compacted soil was amended with compost and seed, covered with erosion control fabric, and planted with red maple, sedges, white sanicle, and white wood aster. Vandalism of the plants has been a problem at this site.

Reach 6 Clickable Feature 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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