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The Current, April 2021 Newsletter


You are invited to the Amazing Bronx River Flotilla on May 15, 2021

The Amazing Bronx River Flotilla is only 1 month away! Paddle down the Bronx River to help raise money for the Canoe Program, all while exploring NYC’s only freshwater river. Your participation will allow us to continue to offer free and low-cost paddling adventures to local Bronx students and their families. Register here.

Community Members:
Enter a raffle to win a free spot in the Flotilla!

This year we have a few slots for a free paddle in the 2021 Amazing Bronx River Flotilla. In order to participate you will need to be at least 18, live in The Bronx, and have canoe experience.

Sponsor the event! Are you interested in helping make the Flotilla possible, have additional questions, or  to enter the raffle? 

Contact Thomas Capozzi at thomas.capozzi@bronxriver.org.

Seen on the River

Ducking Around

Many ducks love to travel in groups. The four duck species seen here at Muskrat Cove were paddling and taking naps together. They are (clockwise from top left): a wonderful pair of wood ducks, a handsome pair of hooded mergansers, some beautiful black ducks, and some mingling mallards. Each species has their own needs but they all depend on the Bronx River! Find out what else lives around the Bronx River here.

News and Announcements

Meet Ja'Juan Gibson

Ja’Juan is a volunteer who is passionate about environmental restoration of the Bronx River. He joined the last Tidy Thursday volunteer event at Starlight Park.

"Every great endeavor begins with a single step, I'm beyond grateful that the Bronx River Alliance is providing a path for the community to join forces against pollution and raise awareness of nature preservation." 

Join the next events and protect the Bronx River.

Food Justice, An Intro to Land Sovereignty

Learn about the history and potential future for community land access and good sovereignty on Thursday, April 8 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. In partnership with New Settlement. Register here!

Give back to Mother Earth from Monday, April 19 through Saturday, April 24 with DIY and other activities at your favorite Bronx River parks.


Do you think you can pick up the most trash? Channel your best stewardship energy into cleaning up your park. Use the hashtag “#TrashTag” to share your work on social media and tag us along.



Protect the Ecosystem!

Learn about the invasive species that are harming the Bronx River watershed and how to identify them on social media. Then take action and join Wednesday volunteer event!


Interested in busting some weeds? Protect the Bronx River like a pro on this volunteer day with the Bronx River Conservation Crew. Registration coming up soon!



Help keep Starlight Park beautiful and clean on Earth Day! from 10am to 12pm. Or, participate in Project WASTE at Muskrat Cove. Contact volunteer@bronxriver.org for more info or to register.



Join the Virtual Earth Trivia! Tune in via social media at noon and learn about Earth Day history, key players in the environmental movement, and some not-so-fun facts about the environment.


Join a family-friendly day full with activities at Starlight Park from 10am to 2pm. Take a sneak peak at River House, learn about native wildlife, and celebrate the beauty of the Bronx River!


Foodway Team Meeting

Join the Foodway Team meeting every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Get involved in programming and stewardship events. To register to April 14th event click here.


Become a Litter Ambassador

NYC Parks is looking for Litter Ambassadors — caring New Yorker’s like you who will distribute orange garbage bags to neighbors at their local parks to guide them to properly dispose of their trash. Contact jana.lasorte@parks.nyc.gov for more information.

Calling all Bronx River Educators!

We are looking for students to make thank you cards to give to volunteers who are cleaning the parks along the Bronx River.

If you would like your class to be involved in the cardmaking, please contact Lexi, Volnteer Coordinator, at volunteer@bronxriver.org or call us at (718) 542-4284 to learn more about how you can participate.

Join the Bronx River Team

Check out the job opportunities available at the Bronx River Alliance. Join us on protecting, improving, restoring the Bronx River! Click here for more info.

Become A Member Today

The Alliance is bringing you new ways to get involved in the spring with our revamped Membership program.

This year we will be engaging our members exciting events, exclusive discounts, and a new map of the river highlighting exciting spaces that you will love!

To get more information and become a member click here

Volnteer for the River

Community Soil Testing

Bring your sample of your garden soil to Concrete Plant Park on Saturday, April 3 from 1pm – 3pm and test it out if is safe for growing in. This event in co-hosted with urban soil scientist, Dr. Perl Egendorf.

For questions, contact Nathan at foodway@bronxriver.org or by calling 718-542-4124.

1st Saturdays at the Foodway

Lend a hand every 1st Saturday of the month from 10am to 1pm at the Foodway located at Concrete Plant Park. Help lay mulch, remove weeds, and transplant seedlings this spring! To register click here.

Tidy Thursday

Can’t make it to Earth Day? No worries, every Thursday at Starlight Park become a River Steward and help beautify the park from 10am to 12pm. To register click here.

Get Moving on the Greenway

Body Conditioning Class

Join Shape Up NYC for a free total body conditioning class.

Come out to Starlight Park Wednesday, April 14 at 10:30 am and enjoy the spring while you get your work out in.

All levels are welcome and classes are limited to 10 people so make sure to register


About the Bronx River Alliance

The Bronx River Alliance is a coordinated voice for the river that works in partnership to protect, improve and restore the Bronx River corridor so that it can be a healthy ecological, recreational, resource for the communities through which it flows.

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