Awards and Recognitions

What We Do

Ecological Restoration

Bronx River Watershed Summit

Water Quality Monitoring Program

Project WASTE

A Day in the Life of the Bronx River 2016

Bronx River Conservation Crew

Watershed Policy and Planning

Green Infrastructure

Bronx River Ecology Team






Our 10th Year Anniversary


Partners and Supporters

Founding Principles

Annual Reports



Project WASTE

Project WASTE (Waterway And Street Trash Elimination) addresses floatable trash, one of the three major water quality issues on the Bronx River. Volunteers participate in real science, through hands-on experiences. The information we collect helps find the source(s) and stop trash from entering the river in the first place. The project engages stewards by promoting outreach to local businesses whose products end up in and along the river, especially uniting messaging around the harm to our waterways caused by non-biodegradable products. 

Beginning in April on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and limited Saturdays throught the year, volunteers will put on waders and help us count the bottles, cans, straws, and more that we find caught in the trash boom. To date, we have removed over 153,000 items weighing over 3 tons from in and around the river!

What can you do to help?

  • Sign up to volunteer with us for an event, by contacting our Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Find out more about Project WASTE here.
  • Take the Birdie pledge to reduce your single-use items and receive a free bag, water bottle, or coffee mug!
  • To learn more about the effects of plastic on our ecosystems, this video is an excellent depiction of the scale of the issue, and this video dives (literally!) into microplastics.
  • Find out more about microplastics and microbeads here!