Welcome to the Bronx River, one of New York City’s natural treasures. The river’s headwaters are located near the Kensico Dam in Valhalla, N.Y, fifteen miles north of the Bronx border. This interactive guide covers the eight-mile stretch flowing through the Bronx and is designed to help paddlers navigate the river safely and enjoy the experience. Also visit our website, bronxriver.org, for more information on the Bronx River Blueway.
Creek Speak is an oral history project that uses HabitatMaps to present the stories of people and places near Newtown Creek. To listen to peoples stories or read about some of the places they mention simply click on a marker. The Creek Speak Project is not intended to prove causality between the environmental burdens in Newtown Creek neighborhoods and public health concerns. Rather, its purpose is to highlight and document the experiential knowledge of individuals who are inside narrators of day-to-day life in these communities.
Every day, nine million New Yorkers discharge 1.5 billion gallons of liquid waste into their sewer system. Underground and out of sight their urine, feces, and food scraps combine with litter and pollution from the street. This nasty brew then navigates 6,000 miles of pipe towards two possible futures: decontamination at one of 14 treatment plants or discharge into New York Harbor via one of 494 sewer overflow outfalls. A sewage overflow can be triggered by as little as a tenth of an inch of rain, which essentially means that almost every time it rains, your toilet flushes directly into New York Harbor.