On December 13, 2018, the Greenway and Ecology Teams finished their productive year with capstone presentations from graduate students of Cornell and Columbia University concerning green infrastructure and trash abatement, respectively (See below more info about Columbia’s report). Volunteers and community members attended and learned about these impacts on the Bronx River, as well as suggested fresh, engaging ideas for 2019.
The evening ended with a Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony recognizing all 2018 volunteers that helped in many ways, such as cleared river blockages, picked up and categorized garbage, collected water samples, supported on-water canoe trips and community events, and more. We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: we could not have done 2018 without you. We look forward to the New Year with renewed optimism to continue working for a better river!
Get involved with us in 2019 by volunteering! Start by filling out our Volunteer Intake Form, then call us at 718-430-4615 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can help the Bronx River.
Students from Columbia University have been hard at work doing research to help aid our conservation efforts along the Bronx River. A capstone class from the M.S. in Sustainability Management program studied how and why trash ends up in the river and its parks, and then devised solutions to reduce waste across three categories–littler in parks, illegal dumpings, and floatable trash in the river.
The students consulted NYC Parks and Bronx River Alliance data on trash in parks and the river, spoke with stakeholders that ranged from community members to agency officials, researched comparable studies around the country, and conducted their own field work. All of this hard culminated in an extensive report that will be used to develop initiatives to help keep the river and its parks clean. Thank you Columbia students for your hard work!
To view the report click here.