Program Updates - Bronx and Harlem River Watersheds
Stew-Map Launch in New York City
In collaboration with the New York City Mayor's Office and the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Forest Service's New York City Urban Field Station has launched the next phase of the Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project (Stew-map). STEW-MAP is a mapping tool and database of environmental stewardship groups – large and small, from formal nonprofits to grassroots groups – across the greater New York City metro area.
City of Water Day
On July 15, the Bronx Council for Environmental Quality held a family friendly community event on the Harlem River waterfront at Mill Pond Park as part of the tenth annual City of Water Day – a regional celebration sponsored by the Waterfront Alliance to highlight the world-class potential of New York and New Jersey waterfronts. The Bronx River Alliance also held a 5k Canoe Challenge, River House Celebration, and free community paddle on the river, also in conjunction with City of Water Day.
400 Alewife Herring find a home in the Bronx
On April 20, 2017, Urban Waters partners, including NYC Parks & Bronx River Alliance in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, stocked the Bronx River with 400 alewife herring in effort to restore a native migratory fish run in New York City’s largest freshwater river. A few days prior to the stocking, two alewife were documented using a fish ladder installed in 2015 for the first time, giving them access to 12 acres of freshwater habitat, which had been blocked for centuries. Project partners are excited and hopeful that this marks the beginning of a new, local river herring population in one of the nation’s most urbanized waterways.
Bronx River Greenway awarded $10 million
The Bronx River Alliance is pleased to announce a $10 million award for the Bronx River Greenway: Bridge the Critical South Bronx Gap project funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation's highly competitive Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant program. New York City Parks, in collaboration with the Bronx River Alliance, submitted the successful proposal that will close the Greenway's most critical gap, a three-quarter mile segment in the South Bronx. This award will be matched by funding from Mayor de Blasio, NYSDOT, NFWF/DOI Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant program, and funding allocated by New York State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.