Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

To create a rebirth of a sustainable, healthy Brooklyn Botanic Gardens water garden, pond and brook system, the planning team of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, AES and others led the master planning of the landscapes at the southern entrance and expanded children’s Discovery Garden.

Initial ecological inventory and assessment discovered that the ultimate solution to water quality in the pond and brook system would be found in the upland meadowlands, where stormwater runoff is infiltrated and cleansed in a combination of meadow, wet meadow and eventually wetlands before reaching the downstream water bodies.

Habitat typology descriptions, evaluations of ecosystem health, and recommendations for potential ecosystem services within the project area helped frame the master plan. Water quality analysis helped understand physical and chemical attributes, and a basic water budget analysis for the system helped understand flow regimes and sources.

An ecologically healthy floodplain, riparian buffer, and channel utilizing native vegetation was recommended in order to enhance ecologic and aesthetic values that coincide with habitat improvement and connectivity strategies.  These strategies will promote favorable conditions for botanic garden visitors to witness both breeding and migrating species of various birds, reptiles and amphibians.

Final plans included planting plans, species lists, density recommendations and planting details, as well as stream corridor grading plans, cross sections, profiles, details and supporting hydrological and hydraulic calculations.

  • Natural Resource Inventory
  • Ecological Assessment
  • Water Quality Analysis
  • Hydrology Modeling
  • Construction Plans + Details

Ecological Assessment
Brooklyn, New York
2010-2011


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