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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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October 23, 2009
MillionTrees Event

On October 23,2009 we held our second annual Million Trees Event. The area we chose to plant is adjacent to our Education trail located on the southwest side of the Bronx River Forest. We were successful in planting 412 native trees along with 65 HS students.

October 01, 2009
Planting with SSBx

Planting EvergreensSustainable South Bronx has helped us with many ecological restoration projects along the Bronx River. On this day we planted evergreens along the Bronx River Parkway. When these evergreens mature they will create a noise pollution barrier along with stabilizing the bank and offer a beautiful scenery while biking the greenway.

September 01, 2009
Rainwater Harvesting Project

In mid- September the Bronx River Alliance Conservation Crew along with two Wildcat Interns placed a rainwater harvesting system. This system consists of barrels that will collect and provide water for the NYCHA Bronx River Houses senior citizen garden. The water that is harvested from the rainfall will flow through gutters and collect into barrels. The water is then used to maintain a vegetable garden.

August 03, 2009
Quinel Hendricks Bio-log

Hello my name is Quinel Kendricks and I'm the newest member added to the Bronx River Alliance Conservation Crew. I used to work with the Million Trees Training program and started work with the Bronx River Alliance on June 15 and have been with the Alliance for almost two months. My experiences with the Bronx River Alliance include removing Japanese Knotweed, mugwort, pruning dogwoods, putting in coir logs to stop erosion with the Mayor's City Volunteer Corps, cleaning out blockages from the river and helping to organize many events to better the community in the Bronx.

Quinel and Mayor's City Volunteer Corp
Quinel (center in the gray and tan) with the Mayor's City Volunteer Corps

The Bronx River Alliance has shown me how to demonstrate my skills in many different ways, the importance of the Personal Flotation Devices (PFD) and have helped me on of my tree identification skills. Three weeks ago, summer youth from Mosholu Preservation Corporation along with Valerie and I took a hike through the nature trail in the Bronx Zoo and we learned about the different birds such as the robin, the hawk, the Canadian goose and the sparrow. Last, but not least, my first month with the Bronx River Alliance crew has been very exciting. There was never a day that I came to work and felt left out when we are out in the field. It's a very exciting feeling that I get because I know that I'm doing something good for the environment and the community.

July 27, 2009
Bronx Hawk Dilemma

On a walk with MPC last week we were informed of an unfortunate event that occurred
some 2 months ago. Quinn Cushnie,  now of MPC but then a Green Apple Corps Member discovered the Red Tail Hawk pictured while on a walk in the Bronx River Forest with his girlfriend. Early reports were that the raptor had apparently eaten a poisoned rat though the latest information has it as trauma. In any case, this occurred early in the nesting season, making it possibly a larger tragedy than just the one shown. For more details click here.

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