2021 Watershed WaveMaker: Bronx River Alliance

Photo by Charles Berenguer

Join us in celebrating the Bronx River Alliance at the Toast to the Tribs on June 22! Tickets and more info here.

The Bronx River Alliance, currently celebrating its 20th year, serves as a coordinated voice for the river so it can be a healthy ecological, recreational, educational and economic resource. Starting at the Kensico Reservoir, part of New York City’s vast drinking water system, the Bronx River flows through Westchester County and the Bronx, some of the most densely populated areas of the state. Over two decades the Alliance has done incredible work to bring attention to the Bronx River, both in improving the river and highlighting how the river can improve the community. The Bronx River Alliance conducts community science, education, and outreach programs, in addition to bike and canoe trips that draw hundreds of people to the water each year. The organization’s new Bronx River House is a LEED Gold Certified, cutting-edge environmental learning laboratory, community space, and base of operations for restoring the Bronx River and developing the Bronx River Greenway. 

The Bronx River Alliance’s Ecology Team, with the New York City Parks Department, works with a full time Conservation Crew and volunteers from the community to remove invasive species and replant native vegetation in the Bronx River corridor’s public parks. The Greenway Team guides planning for the Bronx River Greenway, a linear park. In 2012, the National Park Service designated the lower eight miles of the Bronx River as a National Water Trail. The Alliance provides a unique structure for public sector and community members to pursue a common goal, serving as a national model for community-based waterfront development.