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April 10, 2015 (10 am)
Fish Passage Ribbon-cutting!
River Park (180th St and Boston Road)

Join us and NYC Parks in celebrating the opening of the very first passage on the Bronx River on its most downstream dam. This dam is one of the oldest on the river and was built in the 1600's to power a grist mill. It currently separates the freshwater portion of the river, from its brackish--or tidal--waters. The fish passage will allow two species collectively known as river herring, alewife and blueback herring, to swim over the East 182nd Street Dam to access 12 acres of spawning and rearing habitat. This fish passage is the first of three planned on the Bronx River within NYC.



River herring spend most of their lives in the Altantic Ocean and return to freshwater streams to spawn each spring.  They are forage fish that swim in large schools, providing a critical source of food to many predators in the river (great blue heron and osprey) and in the ocean (bottlenose dolphin, striped bass and tuna.)

This project was made possible through funding from the Wildlife Conservation Society-National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (WCS-NOAA) Lower Bronx River Partnership, Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz, Jr., New York State Department of State (Environmental Protection Fund), and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. For this project NYC Parks worked extensively with expert advisors from Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Inland Fisheries Division; with additional support from U.S. Geological Survey, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

An improved canoe portage was incorporated into the construction of the River Park Fish Passage, as part of the Bronx River Blueway, which is a National Water Trail open to recreational kayakers and canoeists. This fish passage provides a unique opportunity for the local community to experience nature at work in their urban backyards by visiting the fish passage on Bronx River Alliance’s paddling tours and observing the fish passage from River Park.

The River Park Fish Passage will help to establish a sustainable river herring population on the Bronx River, attract and provide more food for native wildlife, contribute to regional efforts to protect river herring by expanding access to habitat, and maximize the ecological health and value of the Bronx River. This fish passage is a part of on-going efforts to improve the Bronx River and restore NYC’s coastal ecosystem.

This passage will establish a sustainable herring population on the river by providing access to freshwater spawning habitat. The operation of construction of this fish passage will be overseen by the NYC Parks and Recreation, Natural Resource Group.




April 11, 2015 (9:00am)
Morgan Powell Tree Planting Day
Bronx River Forest, Burke Bridge

Plant trees along the river banks in memory of Bronx activist & historian Morgan Powell. Gloves & Shovels will be provided. No registration required.


 

April 11, 2015 (12pm)
Bronx River Ramble "In Search of French Charley's"
Bronx River Forest Burke Bridge

In Search of French Charley's

French Charley's, Laguerre's, L'Hermitage, Voelker's, Bellvue Park- the bronx River in Williamsbridge and Olinville was once lined with legendary restaurants and resorts, but where were they? And who was French Charley?

Join the Bronx River Ramblers as they venture into a little-vistied part of the Bronx River Forest to find traces of the long-last French Charley's Island, and explore the curious story of L'Hermitage, a renowned riverside restaurant that once hosted Mark Twain, Henry James and Lucette of the Velvety Eyes. Plus rollicking tales of German biergartens and "shooting parks."



April 16, 2015 (4:00pm-6:00pm)
Ecology and Greenway Team meeting
River park

Join the Greenway and Eco Team meeting!

Date: Thursday April 16th
Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm
Place: *Fish Passage at River Park (Boston Rd and East 180th st)

*In case of rain, location will be:
Bronx River Alliance office (at Ranaqua NYC Parks)
Conference Room
One Bronx River Parkway

Agenda

4:00 – 4:15pm Welcome and introductions
4:15 – 4:30pm Fish Passage
4:30 – 4:45pm Bronx River Water quality
4:45 – 5:00pm Long Term Control Plan
5:15 – 5:30pm Shoreline Restoration project at Starlight Park
5:30 – 5:45pm Team Co-chair elections
5:45 – 6:00pm Other announcements


RSVP to: claudia.ibaven@parks.nyc.gov or robin.Kriesberg@parks.nyc.gov


The Greenway Team is committed to advocating for and promoting the Bronx River Greenway as a complete and connected trail and series of parks for all users, providing access to the Bronx River waterfront and open green space for mixed use by, with, and for community members and local community groups. For more information about the Bronx River Greenway, please visit www.bronxriver.org/greenway



April 22, 2015 (10am)
Bronx River Earth Day
Bronx River Forest, Burke Bridge

Get your hands dirty and celebrate Earth Day with our amazing Conservation Crew. Sweep the river banks clear of invasive plants. Gloves & shovels will be provided.