Siena students design and construct campus rain garden

posted Oct 21, 2016, 7:01 AM by Siena Kromma Kill   [ updated Oct 21, 2016, 7:09 AM ]

Members of the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences teamed up with Siena’s Facilities Department on a home run project for the College community. After noticing that the Siena baseball field can flood during large rain storms when storm water runoff from hard surfaces on campus flows onto the outfield, Environmental Studies and Sciences students and faculty and the Facilities Department came together to design and build a rain garden.  A rain garden is a planted depression that captures rainfall runoff and allows it to slowly soak into the ground rather than flowing into a stream channel, or in this case, a baseball field.  This new rain garden not only will reduce flooding, but also improve water quality and provide habitat for butterflies and other wildlife.  Siena students Carl Greenman ’17, Rob Ewing ’17, and Nick McCloskey ’17 analyzed the site during rain storms, calculated the appropriate size for the garden to capture runoff, determined the most effective layout, computed the water quality benefits, and chose plants for the garden.  The students worked alongside Siena’s Facilities Department to construct the rain garden this spring with the help of volunteers from the Environmental Club. Sergio Sericolo, MFA, art director, helped design an informational sign for the rain garden and the School of Science provided the rain garden plants.

The rain garden project is features on the Siena College webpage and on the Times Union Community blog.

On August 4th, rain garden team member, Carl, gave a presentation on the rain garden project for the Men's Garden Club of Albany.

Hudson River Watershed Alliance Watershed of the Month

posted Jul 15, 2015, 7:25 AM by Siena Kromma Kill

The Kromma Kill Watershed has been featured as the Hudson River Watershed Alliance (HRWA) Watershed of the Month! HWRA is an alliance of groups and individuals throughout the Hudson River Watershed whose mission is to protect, conserve and restore the water resources of the Hudson River Basin.  To learn more, please visit

Fall 2014 Newsletter

posted May 28, 2015, 11:39 AM by Siena Kromma Kill   [ updated Jun 2, 2015, 1:01 PM ]

The inaugural issue of the Streamflow Forum, a newsletter published by the Kromma Kill Watershed Alliance, describes recent research and educational activities in the Kromma Kill Watershed.  Thank you to Mary Claire Arnold ('14) and Dr. Jean Mangun for all of their hard work on the newsletter. Download it 

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