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Watershed Policy and Planning

Our policy and planning efforts focus on identifying strategies and tactics to address longer term threats to the health of the river that result from land use planning and policy issues, such as stormwater runoff, pollution incidents, etc. The Bronx River Ecological Restoration and Management Plan serves as a framework for a consistent and comprehensive approach to restoring wildlife habitat and water quality in the Bronx River.

The Ecology Team
The Ecology Team is made up of local scientists, citizens, restoration practitioners, students and representatives from city, state and federal agencies. The team meets on a bimonthly basis and helps to guide the Ecology Program by advising on goal setting, restoration strategies and project implementation.
For more information on the Ecology Team, please contact Michelle Luebke, Director of Environmental Stewardship at michelle.luebke@bronxriver.org

Stormwater Management
We are working to manage storm water infiltration, thereby reducing runoff, combined sewer overflows and pollution affecting the river. The Alliance works collaboratively with Westchester County, the US Army Corps of Engineers and the NYC Department of Environmental Protection on Bronx River watershed planning. In addition, the Alliance continuously monitors the activity of regulatory and infrastructure agencies, and provides comments on rule changes, studies, and other plans that will impact the health of the river.

Ecological Principles
The Alliance promotes the following ecologically sustainable design principles for all projects that occur within the watershed:

  • Minimize erosion
  • Buffer sensitive natural areas
  • Capture water on site
  • Use recycled materials to the extent possible
  • Maximize open space

Joint Meeting of the Bronx River Working Group Ecology & Greenway Teams 10.24.01

In planning, ecological considerations should be incorporated directly into riverfront facilities and features. Designing with the river and its natural processes in mind ensures that parks, trails, public plazas, homes, and commercial spaces along the riverfronts will create minimal new damage to rivers. In many cases, these designs also help to improve water quality, physical integrity, and wildlife habitat. Equally important, ecologically based designs are appealing to people and bring them into more meaningful contact with the river and nature.

See also Chapter 3 in Bronx River Greenway Plan: Guidelines for Ecological Performance.

* Minimize erosion

* Buffer sensitive natural areas

* Capture water on site

* Use recycled materials to the extent possible

* Maximize open space

* Include bird shelters

* Include educational signage, bike racks, and dog runs