Japanese Knotweed Remediation Project
In 2011, Goodwin College proposed two related projects to improve river water quality, through floodplain restoration. The college owns 300+ acres of floodplain on the east side of the Connecticut River in East Hartford. This excellent habitat for many species of plants, birds, small mammals, and amphibians also harbors stands of invasive plants such as Japanese barberry and knotweed, Common Reed, and multiflora rose.
A USDA WHIP grant was awarded for clearing stands of invasive plants of the College-owned floodplain over several years (2011-2013).
A NOAA CRCOG grant was awarded to plant native plants in a 0.5-acre demonstration area and protect them by an electric fence while they become established, in a six–month project period ending October 1, 2011.
USDA Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program grant: ends 8/30/13
This agreement is effective on the date signed by the Natural Conservation Service approving official and extends through 8/30/2015. The participant(s) agree: A) to implement and maintain conservation practices identified on the plan map in compliance with the plan or schedule of operations (NRCS-CPA-1155) and in accordance with the standards, specifications, and other special program criteria obtained from the local field office of the NRCS.
The schedule of operations specifies that 11 acres per year shall be cleared in 2011 and2012, with reforestation occurring in 2013.
NOAA-CRCOG grant: ends October 1, 2011
A NOAA-CRCOG grant funded creation of a native vegetation demonstration area near the staging area, which is generally accessible from June through October. This will be the scope for the NOAA/CRCOG grant. This area will be used to educate our students, participants in public tours of the floodplain, and residents living near the floodplain.