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Subject: Press Release: Greenway Awards $8,275 for Buckingham Pond Natural Resource Inventory
Contact: Mark Castiglione For Immediate Release
(518) 473-3835 May 28, 2014
Greenway Awards $8,275 for Buckingham Pond
Natural Resource Inventory
NY) The Hudson River Valley Greenway is pleased to announce it has
awarded the City of Albany in partnership with the Buckingham Pond
Greenway Communities Grant
for the Buckingham Pond Targeted Natural
Resource Inventory. The Greenway board awarded a total of $27,800 for
projects throughout the Hudson Valley region at a recent meeting held in
Hyde Park, N.Y.
The Buckingham Pond
Conservancy will conduct a natural resource inventory to assess the
biological integrity of the pond’s health. In addition, levels of
nutrients, blue-green algae, and sedimentation are to
be tested and documented to gauge water quality. The pond serves as
green infrastructure for storm water management, but is also an
important amphibious habitat as part of the Hudson River watershed.
Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director of the
Hudson River Valley Greenway, stated, “Natural resource inventories
serve as an important tool to better understand the environmental state
of a particular area. Buckingham Pond is an asset
for the City and by better understanding its health, its value to the
community will be enhanced. ”
“Buckingham Pond is a recreational asset for the
City of Albany,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan “The targeted natural
resource inventory is an essential first step to mitigating some of the
most critical issues facing Buckingham Pond
today. I would like to thank the Hudson River Valley Greenway for
granting the City of Albany these much needed funds, in addition to the
Buckingham Pond Conservancy for ensuring that one of our most valued
ponds can be enjoyed for many years to come.”
The Hudson River Valley
Greenway works with communities on a voluntary basis to assist in the
development of local land use plans and programs related to the
Greenway community planning projects can be undertaken by a single
community to address local issues or a group of communities working
together to address both
local and regional issues. The Greenway Communities Grant Program
provides matching grants to help communities develop and implement a
vision for their future that balances Greenway criteria of economic
development considerations with resource protection and
promotion objectives. The deadline for the next round of
is August 29, 2014.
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Reaction? Good News? Yeah...No.
More "progressive" political feel good
Pond water quality sucks. Because
of failure to stabilize the shoreline
with proper trees and bushes to
stop shore line erosion, slumping
and resultant sedimentation of the
As sedimentation goes on ,the pond
becomes more shallow, algae blooms
reeds, other vegetation and trees
take over, and eventually ,the pond will
Example, the water body, North side
Western Ave in Guilderland.
Run off of lawn chemicals and city
road salt applications in the pond
watershed are contributing to the
algae blooms, poor water quality
and eventual death of the pond.
What to do?
1. The City Parks Department
needs to develop a woodland
management plan for the pond
park and take action:
a) remove dangerous dead limbs
and trees that present a hazard
to people and pets along paths
b) thin wooded areas to allow
for planting and growth of a
diversity of native trees and
bushes that will improve the
park habitat for humans and
c) cut, remove vines that are
d) plant bushes and trees that
will stabilize shoreline erosion
i.e Red Osier Dogwoods, Willows
e) resurface pathways with coarse
bluestone gravel to improve drainage
and footing, thereby avoiding slips
falls, injuries and lawsuits.
The City has to address the issues
relating to lawn chemical run off
and road salt applications in the
Dredging the pond will likely be
required to improve water quality
and lengthen the pond life span.
Just search the archives of this
website for years of posts that
detail what needs to be done to
improve the pond park.
Search: Buckingham Pond Park.
No need to spend money to
reinvent the wheel.
It's all here for free.
Use the grant money to make
needed pond park improvements.
No more inventories/studies
Note that Buckingham Pond
Park exists because the BPCNA
had the pond and shoreline
rezoned LC (park land) in
1994. resulting in creation of
Subsequent improvements to
the park were made, including
lighting, children's play and
picnic areas, dredging and
improved guard rails.