Palustsrine System. Cultural Subsystem--Water recharge basin community

Tragopogon pratensis, photo by Greg Russo

Physical Setting: This small basin occurs just west of the Successional shrubland of the power line right-of-way at the end of Field and Forest Court road at 41.4467ºN, 73.613ºW (±10 m) and about 155 m above sea level. The basin is about 100 square meters and approximately 2.5 meters deep.

Substrate and Hydrology: The substrate is purposely designed to catch storm runoff and then allow it to percolate into the surrounding soil. The bottom is lined with coarse gravel and large rocks. The sides are built up from fill.

Biota: The vegetation at present is mostly herbaceous, dominated by various grasses, including Phleum pratense L and Phalaris arundinacea L. The only woody plant is Comptonia peregrina (L.) J. M. Coult. Hypericum perforatum L is almost woody and common here. For a very small area, the number of species collected is actually quite high, although most are exotic. Many of these are ephemeral in early successional habitats and may not persist more than a year or two. Future vegetation will be highly dependent on what measures (if any) are taken to control the inevitable growth of trees and shrubs.

Cultural: This basin was created in late 2007 to catch storm runoff from an adjacent housing development.

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