Friday, January 26, 2007

More News from Yonkers, and the Bronx.

Aaaah. Pretty, isn't it? A cool green forest, Dogwood blossoms - must be somewhere far from the city, right? The Catskills, perhaps, or the Adirondacks...

WRONG! Welcome to da BRONX, baaaaaaaybeee!

Seriously! This was taken last year during the Amazing Bronx River Flotilla, an annual Spring event celebrating the amazingly beautiful Bronx River, run by the Bronx River Alliance. Surprised? This river definitely hasn't always been this way, and there is still plenty that looks like the picture that you would probably pop up in your brain if somebody said "Bronx River" - but a whole lot of people cared enough to do a whole lot of cleaning-up and it's rather lovely now!

And what does this have to do with Yonkers?

Well, every now & then, it's fun to follow a referring link from my sitemeter to see what other choices someone had besides reading this. Today, someone came in through under the topic of "yonkers ny". My post about Cheri & Turner popped up with a nice little thumbnail of Cheri!

And just a couple of articles down was a that began with the sentence:

The City of Yonkers has agreed to end its four-year opposition to a state plan to clean up the city’s discharge of sewage into the Bronx River. Link is here, and I don't think you'll need to be registered.

That's pleasant news to read.

Although the gas spill story wasn't. Ugh.

Two steps forward, one step back. These urban waterways - so valuable, and so vulnerable.

If you happen to have 7 minutes to spare, and you'd like to learn a little more about the reclamation of the Bronx River - this absolutely choked me up (especially thinking about the gas spill). I was actually looking on the Alliance's calendar to see if I could tell you when the Amazing Bronx River Flotilla 2007 will be, and they had a link - it's posted on the website for American Museum of Natural History. There is one funny little thing, when you hit play on this, a little sign-in screen may pop up. Just hit cancel & it will go away.

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

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