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The Bronx River Current

July 2014 

Come one, come all to the

City of Water Day on the Bronx River   

Saturday July 12, Concrete Plant Park and
 ABC Waterwash - 10am to 3pm

Bronx River Ramble - 10am

The Sixth Borough Bike Tour - 10am

InClimate Picnic Discussion and Rowing - 12pm 


Full Details and Schedule



Ramble; Estuary Paddle (reservations required); Boat rides with Rocking the Boat to Waterwash ABC for music and art, and to Hunts Point; Welcoming of restored tug boat and mooring at Concrete Plant; Community Paddle


View Flyer

The WATERWASH ABC project's shoreline across from Concrete Plant Park 

SAVE THE DATE - Wednesday September 17

9th Annual "Upstream Soiree"

Bronx Zoo  6:30 - 9:00 pm   

Other Upcoming Events

View our full 2014 Summer/Early Fall Calendar 

(Contact us if you require more copies)


July-August - Public Summer Learn to Swim Programs

July 5, 12 & 19, 2014 - Public Canoe Trips  

July 9, 2014 - Combat Bronx River Invasive Species 

July 13, 2014 -VanCortlandt Park to Kensico Dam Bike Ride  

July 13 & 27, 2014 - Soundview Park activities 

July 16, 2014 - Movie night, Starlight Park 

August 2, 2014 - Community Paddle, Starlight Park  

August 9, 2014 - Upper River Paddle 

August 9, 2014 - Bronx River Ramble 


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   Bronx River Festival, June 2014
   Shoelace Park

Bronx River Paddlers
Community members enjoy a free Bronx River Paddle
c. Charles Berenguer Jr 

Several children learned how to ride their bikes for the first time    
c. Charles Berenguer Jr


Examining baby eels with Leanna Enecio, Ecology Team Intern

c. Tom Brande

Read about Bronx River eel monitoring program


View more photos of Bronx River Alliance activities now on 

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Tragic incident at Starlight Park on Friday, June 20

The Bronx River Alliance expresses its deepest sympathies to the families of Wellington Gavin and Erickson Villa who tragically drowned in the river on Friday, June 20th. The Alliance works to protect, improve and restore the Bronx River and will continue to work closely with NYC Parks to ensure that access to the river remains as safe as possible.

Starlight Park Awarded $4.4 Million for Shoreline Restoration
The Bronx River Alliance is excited to announce that
Starlight Park, a reclaimed and expanding park which opened in 2013, has received $4.4 million from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to strengthen Starlight's shoreline along the Bronx River. The money will be used to re-naturalize the shoreline, restore habitat function, and remove contaminated soil within the park. These reinforcements to the shore line will help protect the Bronx community from future extreme weather events such as Hurricane Sandy. 


"It's wonderful," said Maggie Scott Greenfield, Director of Programs & Development at the Bronx River Alliance. "It enables us to enhance the resiliency of the waterfront in the South Bronx and to move forward with phase two of Starlight Park."

Phase two of Starlight Park involves connecting the park to Concrete Plant Park, one of the missing links in creating a continuous greenway along the 23 miles of Bronx River shoreline. Find out more. 




Celebrate WATERWASH ABC This Summer

Waterwash ABC site in 2011 

On Sunday, June 22nd,environmental artist Lillian Ball and Rocking the Boat, a Bronx River Alliance partner, kicked off "WATERWASH Welcomes", a series of public celebrations at WATERWASH ABC, a green infrastructure project & a restored strip of riverbank on the Bronx River across from Concrete Plant Park.  Ball collaborated with Rocking the Boat students to develop, plant, and eventually maintain the WATERWASH ABC project in order to empower them as potential experts and citizen scientists about changes in the river. Read more about WATERWASH ABC here. 


Find more info about City of Water Day to be held on July 12 and other events summer events.



Bronx River Alliance, EPA Watch Bacteria Levels

Bacteria study lab at Rocking the Boat 

Despite our past efforts, the Alliance has known that bacteria levels in the Bronx River are still too high. Recently we partnered with the New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP), New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), and Rocking the Boat to monitor and create a study to find out how high the levels really are.  

"We just want to learn the basics," says Damian Griffin, the Alliance's Chief Educator. "Where are the bacteria most concentrated and do the levels change with the weather. In the end, we would like to use the study to help clean the river." 


Find out more.



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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 







July Public Canoe Trips, 10 am  

Varying Locations on the Bronx River


July 5, 2014 - Upper River Run

July 12, 2014 - Estuary Paddle
July 19, 2014 - Upper River Run


Updates and Details   

July 5, 2014 (12 pm) Community Rowing w/ Rocking the Boat 

Hunts Point Riverside Park

Explore the river in one of Rocking the Boat's handmade wooden row boats.   

More Info



July 9, 2014 (9:30 am) Combat Bronx River Invasive Species

Bronx River Forest, Burke Ave. & Bronx Park East

Volunteers Wanted! 

Learn how to identify and remove invasive species such as Japanese Knotweed and Mile-a-Minute Vine along the river as part of NY Invasive Species Awareness Week. 


Further details here or contact:




July 12, 2014 (10 am)  City of Water Day on the Bronx River

Concrete Plant Park and Waterwash ABC  


Celebrate City of Water Day on foot, boat or bike! Full Schedule Here

Flyer Available Here.



July 13, 2014 (9:00 am) Van Cortlandt to Kenisco Dam Bike Ride

Van Cortlandt Park entrance at Broadway & 242nd St.

Join the East Coast Greenway for a 25-mile guided bike ride. The ride will proceed at an easy-going pace of 10 - 13 MPH.

Registration is required. Click Here!



July 13, 2014 (10 am)  Art Workshop in Soundview Park

Soundview Park, Lafayette Ave and Colgate Ave 


Come enjoy an art workshop and picnic at the Soundview Park Butterfly-Meditation Garden.

More Info.



July 16, 2014 (8:30pm)  Rain Date July 17 

Movie Nights Along the River, "Over the Hedge"

Starlight Park

Bring your family, friends and neighbors to a FREE movie screening within our newest gem, Starlight Park.

Details & Directions 



July 27, 2014, (10 am) Soundview Butterfly-Meditation Garden Clean-up and Picnic

Soundview Park, Lafayette Ave and Colgate Ave 


Join the Friends of Soundview Park to maintain and enjoy their new Butterfly-Meditation Garden.


FREE, no registration required. 



August 2, 2014 (1:30 pm) Community Paddle   

Starlight Park 


August 9, 2014 (10 am) Upper River Paddle    

Shoelace Park  



August 9, 2014 (10 am) Bronx River Ramble  

White Plains Metro North Train Station 



View the Full Calendar of Bronx River Alliance Events.


For further information call the Bronx River Alliance at 718-430-4665 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