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Conservation Crewmembers carrying a biolog
Welcome to our blog—or bio-log—about the Bronx River!
Every day, Alliance staff and partners are making progress in our work to restore and improve the Bronx River. These daily accomplishments and observations are logged here to share what's going on!

Also known as a bio-log: High density coir net stuffed with mattress fiber for soil stabilization, sediment retention and vegetation establishment, see photo.


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February 24, 2017
Full Function May Remain Out of Reach, But Urban Stream Restoration Can Empower Communities

For those interested in restoration work, especially in highly urbanized areas like the Bronx and NYC, Marit Larson, Chief of Natural Resources for NYC Parks wrote an excellent book review of A.L. Riley's Restoring Neighborhood Streams: Planning, Design, and Construction.

January 13, 2017
Yes, the climate has always changed. This comic shows why thatís no comfort.

Click here and have fun!

December 30, 2016
Our Plastic Pollution Problem

Thanks to volunteers and our incredible Alliance team, we removed over 54,000 pieces of floatable trash from the Bronx River in 2016, and over 40,000 of those pieces were Styrofoam! By removing this trash before it gets too broken down, we are doing our part to help prevent plastic from choking our oceans and wildlife. And if we continue to choose to use reusable items, like coffee cups and bags, rather than single-use, we all help solve the plastic problem.

May 19, 2015
Engaging Elected Officials in your Work (webinar)

Description: This recorded webinar covers various aspects of engaging elected officials in urban waters work. Sven-Erik Kaiser provides guidance and tips for how to best approach this very specific type of outreach, how to prepare and conduct meetings with officials and considerations for building long-term relations with them. Keely Monroe provides an overview of the difference between general advocacy and legally defined “lobbying” and shares resources to help participants understand IRS lobbying rules and restrictions for nonprofits. Rick Magder shares his experience engaging elected officials in the Saw Mill River daylighting project and navigating those relationships, which helped turn a $5,000 seed grant into what is today a $19 million Saw Mill River daylighting project in the City of Yonkers, NY.

Presenters: Sven-Erik Kaiser, U.S. EPA Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations; Keely Monroe, Alliance for Justice; Rick Magder, Groundwork Hudson Valley

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December 16, 2013
The Entire IPCC Report in 19 Illustrated Haiku

A hauntingly-beautiful and graphic depiction of the science in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 5th Assessment report, and links to the reports themselves, in haiku and watercolor.

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