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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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August 14, 2017
The urban answer to climate change: Rally a city to capture stormwater

 "A definitive government report on climate science makes clear that the frequency and intensity of precipitation in the northeast (already the highest in the nation, with a 17% increase in the last 25 years) will only grow dramatically in years to come. In New York City, we should brace ourselves. Our aged sewer system is already overwhelmed by normal rains, flooding our neighborhoods and spewing 20 billion gallons of untreated sewage into our waterways every year. That’s more water than 30,000 Olympic swimming pools. And it’s not only sewage; it includes massive volumes of toxic chemicals." Read more

July 21, 2017
Sewage Pollution Right to Know Historical Data through May 2017 Posted

This week, historical sewage discharge report data through mid-May 2017 was posted on DEC’s Sewage Discharge Reports webpage. The data comes from NY-Alert reports to DEC of untreated and partially treated sewage discharges, as required by the 2013 Sewage Pollution Right to Know law.

Historical data is added to the website periodically in batches. Notifications of discharges for the last 7 days are located on the Recent NY-Alert Sewage Spill Notifications webpage.

More about Sewage Pollution Right to Know and Alerts

The law builds public awareness about where sewage pollution is entering waterbodies and helps to document wastewater infrastructure needs. The NY-Alert notifications help the public avoid contact with waterbodies that may contain bacteria that can cause illness while boating, fishing or swimming.

Visit the Sewage Pollution Right to Know webpage to learn how to receive sewage spill notifications by phone, text or email.

July 10, 2017
An Oyster Reef Grows in the Bronx

 EcoVolunteers in the news! Have you seen the write-up in the Wall Street Journal about the oyster monitoring on the Bronx River? Better yet, have you signed up to join us? 

June 30, 2017
Environmental groups sue EPA over New York City water quality

Nine environmental groups have sued the Environmental Protection Agency accusing it of failing to protect the health of people boating or swimming in New York City waters by not requiring the state to update water quality standards. Read more and here

April 22, 2017
Bronx River Earth Day of Service

This Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, over 130 post-9/11 veterans reported for duty at the Bronx Forest for a day of parks restoration. The veterans are volunteers with the Mission Continues, a nonprofit organization that empowers veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact. Working together with Bronx River Alliance and community volunteers, in 3 hours we dredged 1,100 feet of trail; planted 400 trees; removed over 2.5 tons of invasive plant species; and cleaned up the Bronx River by removing 406 plastic bottles, 735 styrofoam cups, 27 tennis balls, 23 glass bottles, and 1 baseball bat from the Bronx River. Special guest, TV personality and veterans’ advocate, Jon Stewart joined us, helping to clean up and restore the Bronx Forest alongside volunteers.

See here for photos from the day:
The Mission Continues blog
The Mission Continues Facebook album

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