Bronx River Current | January 2017
Happy New Year from the Bronx River Alliance!
As we look ahead to 2017, we are planning for an exciting, busy year filled with...

> Hundreds of school children and families paddling NYC's only freshwater river
> Ecological restoration along the waterfront powered by our locally-recruited Conservation Crew 
> Dozens of classes exploring hands-on science and the steps we can take to protect our river
> Hundreds of volunteers to helping to clean and green the river, and monitoring returning wildlife and water quality 
> Celebrating the opening of River House with you! 

To learn more and participate, join our volunteer program, Ecology Team or Greenway Team or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
Thank you for another wonderful year on the Bronx River. Click to check out a few of our highlights from 2016.
New Year's Resolutions!
3 ways to help the Bronx River in 2017 

1. Reduce litter: In 2016, through Project WASTE, (for more info check 2016 highlights) we found that containers made of Styrofoam are the most common litter found in the river. You can help reduce floatables by becoming part of NYC's B.Y.O. (Bring Your Own) movement today and improve the Bronx River & NYC! 

2. Volunteer with us: There are many different opportunities to volunteer with us in 2017--office volunteers digitizing historical photos, supporters at our annual events like the Amazing Bronx River Flotilla, Bronx River Stewards involved in project WASTE, monitoring water quality on the river, joining our restoration projects, or assisting our recreation program with paddling trips or co-leading a historical tour along the Bronx River. Join us in 2017 and help restore, protect, and improve the Bronx River. 

3. Recycle your holiday tree: Join Mulchfest 2017 by bringing your tree to Soundview Park or any other designated city park and have it recycled it into mulch that will nourish plantings across the city and along the Bronx River. You can even take some mulch home. Join Saturday, January 7 or Sunday, January 8 from 10am to 2pm. To find the location closest to you click here.
Southern Blvd Neighborhood 
Community Survey 

Don't forget to provide your input through the New York City Department of City Planning Community Survey if you live, work, study, shop, worship, play, or have a connection to the area along the west side of the Bronx River at Starlight Park & Concrete Plant Park. Get involved and help the city identify issues around the Southern Blvd area to start planning for improvements in your neighborhood. To take the survey click here! 
Project WASTE
High School Students at Concrete Plant Park

Project WASTE (Waterway And Street Trash Elimination) addresses floatables trash, one of the three major water quality issues on the Bronx River. Project WASTE volunteers participate in real science, through hands-on learning. The information we collect from these experiences helps find the source(s) and stop trash from entering the river in the first place.Read more about Project WASTE here.

On December 22nd, students from the Bronx's Mott Hall High School were led by our Education Coordinator, Katie Lamboy, in a cleanup of the Concrete Plant Park riverbank.
2017 Membership
Support the Bronx River

Did you know that Members of the Bronx River Alliance enjoy a 15% discount on all canoe trips, as well as invitations to special events and private tours? If you're already a member, consider a gift membership for a friend, co-worker or loved one. Your donations are tax deductible! Spread the Bronx River love!
On December 21, 2016, Jennifer Kepler went to the Bronx Zoo for some birding and captured this red-shouldered hawk (among other bird species) along the Mitsubishi Riverwalk. Check out her full blog with more great photographs here: Snaps of Nature.
2017 Paddling Season 
Over 1,700 paddlers in 2016

From May to November we offer canoe trips to raise awareness of the river, showcase its wonders, and have fun. In 2016 over 1,700 people canoed the Bronx River. Thank you to all participants. Join us next year and enjoy NYC's only freshwater river, visit our website for more info. 
Get Moving on the Bronx River 
Walk, Run, or Ride the Greenway this Winter

Explore & enjoy what the Bronx River Greenway has to offer in the winter months with the help of our activity guide. Stop by one of our events, office or Community Boards 2, 6, 9, 11, or 12 to pick up your copy!

Many thanks to the Altman Foundation for their long-standing support of our Greenway Program
Trash Boom Cleanups
Winter break 

We are on a winter break from our trash boom clean up volunteer opportunities, but you can start making plans for the 2017 and send us an email with questions or more information.
December's pick!   

December was no exception to the fantastic photos taken along the Bronx River. We share with you one of our many favorites, posted by Charles Berengueur, a gorgeous photo of a snowy egret heading south for the winter.

Share the photo that captures your favorite spot along the Bronx River so we can feature it here in our next monthly newsletter. Make sure to tag us on Twitter or Instragram and use the hashtag #BronxRiver on your next post!  
Thank you to all of our financial supporters and partners. We couldn't do it without you!
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