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The Bronx River Current

August 2014 


Join us at the 9th Annual
Upstream Soiree
September 17, 6:30-9:00 PM at the Bronx Zoo

Nancy Mann
Principal, Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School

Tim Tompkins
President, Times Square Alliance & Founder,
Partnerships for Parks

Sims Metal Management
Business leaders in sustainable practices to minimize impact on
neighboring communities and local waterways

Enjoy a buffet supper, live music, wine, beer, a silent auction
and a chance to celebrate the ongoing revitalization of
the Bronx River.

Sponsored By: Elizabeth Bennett, Frances Beinecke & Paul Elston, Bronx Care/ Bronx-Lebanon, Hospital Center, Con Edison, D'Arrigo Brothers,
The Durst Organization, Holly Sidford, Helicon Collaborative, Hunts Point Terminal Produce Cooperative, Lehman College CUNY, MBD Community Housing
Corporation, Montefiore Medical Center, PWB Management, Peter Bourbeau, Sims Metal Management

Purchase tickets or to become a sponsor here
Or contact Saudy Tejada at 718 430-4602

Other Upcoming Events
View our full 2014 Summer/Early Fall Calendar
(Contact us if you require more copies)
Or Explore the Calendar Page on our Website!

August 2, 2014 - Paddle & Pick-Up, 12:00pm Starlight
Register Here
August 2, 2014 - Community Paddle, 1:30pm Starlight Park
August 2, 2014 - Cleanup with Bud Light
August 9, 2014 - Upper River Paddle
August 9, 2014 - Bronx River Ramble
August 13 - Volunteer Cleanup with Conservation Crew
August 13 - Free Movie Night, The Croods
August 23 - Estuary Paddle
August 26 - Free Movie Night, WALL E
August 27 - Volunteer Clean-Up with Conservation Crew
August - Public Summer Learn to Swim Programs
August Saturdays - Paddle with 'Rocking the Boat'

Hundreds of People have become Members
of the Bronx River Alliance.
Now You Can Too! Become A Member Today!

Your support makes it all happen!
Make a
Donation Today!

"Do Good, Have Fun!"

Join Bud Light and the Bronx River Alliance to make a difference in Muskrat Cove Park. We'll be cleaning up the Bronx River, picking up litter, painting over graffiti, and pulling invasive weeds.

Plus, Volunteers will get Free Lunch and Drinks.


Volunteer Paddle & Trash Pick-Up, July 26 at Shoelace Park

Thank You Volunteers!

Elizabeth O'Brien & Daniella Santiago, Part of the Team
That Gathered Trash

Josue Garcia Loading Collected Trash

Red-Eared Slider Watched the Action

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Fare thee well, Damian Griffin!

After six and a half years, our Chief Educator and jack-of-all-trades Damian Griffin is leaving us to join the teaching staff of a brand-new dual-language public school, the Bedford Park Elementary School. You may still see Damian along the river and helping with special projects from time to time. We wish him well on his new endeavors!

 Job Opportunities, Bronx River Alliance:

-Education Coordinator
-Manager of Institutional Giving

The Alliance is seeking candidates for these two positions.
For the full description for each opening and further information about the application process, click here.

Bronx River Fish Passage Test "A Success"

On July 14, for the first time, water was released into NYC's first fish ladder which is on the Bronx River! This ladder at the 182nd St. dam is the first in a series of three fish passages being constructed to enable migratory fish such as alewives and blue back herring, to spawn in the freshwater upstream. Their return will help increase biodiversity along the river by attracting more predatory fish and birds, showing the improved health and resiliency of the Bronx River.

Robin Kriesberg, Ecology Director at the Alliance stated, "The release was a complete success and the passage will be ready for next spring's migration." 
Read more.

Watch a video of the test here

Bronx River Water Quality Efforts Featured in Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance's Newsletter

The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance's "WaterWire" published an article entitled "From Surfers to Students, Citizen Scientists Step Up to Monitor the Water".

The NYC Water Trails Association is in the middle of its fourth season of water testing in 36 sites from Yonkers to Jamaica Bay.

Two of these sites are on the Bronx River where the testing has been coordinated by Damian Griffin, Education Director of the Alliance. Every Thursday the water is tested at all 36 sites in order to have information for the weekend. In addition, Damian and his team make a sweep of the Bronx River every Monday when they sample the water at nine sites along the river. This is a part of a seperate program supported by the Environmental Protection Agency and funded through the Harbor Estuary Program and the Hudson River Foundation. The Alliance works on monitoring the river in conjunction with Rocking the Boat and the NYC Parks & Recreation Dept.

"It's all about learning and sharing and getting more people to come out, and building public interest in what has to happen to improve water quality," said Damian. Riding a wave of public attention, several agencies are bring together scientists and community people for a multi-parameter, multi-agency sampling day on the Bronx River on August 18.

Alliance Receives American Canoe Association (ACA) Award

The Bronx River Alliance has received the prestigious "ACA Stroke ofAchievement Award." Each year, ACA recognizes a select group of individuals and organizations who have shown exemplary leadership, service, dedication to various aspects of paddlesports and superior performance and program development.

To find out more about our Canoe Program and Community Paddles click here. For more information about organizing a canoe outing for a group or organization contact Josue Garcia.

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For more information on getting involved in your park along the Bronx River contact Outreach Manager, Joseph Sanchez at 718 430-4636 or email 



For information about a specific Bronx River Alliance team, please contact the following:


Bronx River Alliance Board: Kellie Terry-Sepulveda (718) 542-4138; Maarten de Kadt (212) 255-4403; or Linda Cox, (718) 430-4668.


Greenway Team: Claudia Ibaven,, (718) 430 4618; Hatuey Ramos,; or David Shuffler,


Ecological Restoration & Management Team: Robin Kriesberg, (718) 430 4690; Jessica Arcate Schuler,; or Annette Williams,;


Education Program:Damian Griffin, (718) 430-4313; or Chrissy Word


Outreach Program: Joseph Sanchez:, (718) 430-4636.




The Bronx River Alliance thanks our supporters for making the Bronx River a true resource for all New Yorkers!
The Bronx River Current 7/2014


The Alliance works in close partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and with over 100 other partners to reclaim the Bronx River. Bronx River Alliance Partners