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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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June 12, 2009
Jose in the estuary

Jose the Beaver Extends his Domain

If you put yourself on the list of those who have not seen Jose The Bronx River Beaver, you may now remove yourself from that list. On the morning of June 12, 2009 Jose put in an appearance at Drew Gardens as the participants in Bronx River Crossing made preparations to launch their watershed representation. Chris Kannon was able to take a series of shots as Jose swam leisurely upstream before lumbering out of the water to walk under East Tremont Ave. Read more.

March 13, 2009
Youth Landcape Design

  The Shoelace Park Youth Design team held its first meeting
yesterday at the Learning Tree, followed by a walk through the Shoelace Park. The team, composed of  middle and high school students from the area will be working together with Mathews Nielsen, a  landscape design firm contracted to prepare the plan for the new park. The youth will propose ideas and share their opinions about what makes a great park while also learning the process of landscape architecture, river conservation and public policy. After settling on several important aspects, they will present their work to the community at an open community planning charrette.  On this first site walk, the students studied maps which showed the river and the park as it is today with overlaid references to past elements, as well as discussing the history and ecology of the neighborhood and the river. DG

March 12, 2009
What is that string in the river?

Sometimes you can really get upset when you see the things that people have the nerve to throw in the river. Well, in this case, hold your temper for just a moment. The string that you see tied to the rock in the upper left hand corner is actually a part of an experiment that will help us to gauge the health of the river. At the end of the string, tucked up against the rock is a leaf pack, a mesh bag carefully filled with local leaves by Bob Ward and his wife Hilela.  The leaf pack will stay in the river for just over three weeks and hopefully become a home for macroinvertebrates.  The pack and others like it will be removed and students from local high schools will carefully comb through them to find what life there is to find. For more information on leafpacks and macro invertebrates visit DG

January 06, 2009
Hawks and Beavers on Bronck's river

While we were searching for signs of the beaver near the Boston Road Bridge in the Bronx Zoo, this Red Tail Hawk swooped down in search of something under the leaf litter. Standing a good 18 inches tall, this adult never did find its intended prey. The hawks are year round residents and the winter months offer a great viewing opportunity.

By the way, the beaver is still quite active, as this little sample proves.

December 24, 2008
Ice Rescue Ladders

These White Pines are planted in the North and South Forest. We planted these pines 3 years ago at 2 feet and now stand at 12 feet. The day of the snowstorm, these pines gave off a beautiful wintery feeling. Enjoy.

Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!
The Bronx River Restoration Crew has placed ice rescue ladders throughout the Bronx River to provide assistance in case of an accident.

If you notice any ladders missings or find an area that an ice rescue ladder may be helpful, contact the Bronx River Alliance at 718-430-4648.

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