Bronx River Alliance (Bronx, NY)


  • Name:Jim Burke

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Bronx River Alliance
  • Address:One Bronx River Parkway
    Bronx, NY 10462
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:(718) 430-4665
  • Main fax:(718) 430-4658

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of the Bronx River Alliance is to serve as a coordinated voice for the river and work in harmonious partnership to protect, improve and restore the Bronx River corridor and greenway so that they can be healthy ecological, recreational, educational and economic resources for the communities through which the river flows.

  • Overview:
  • The Alliance's restoration of the Bronx River and development of the Bronx River Greenway together provide an innovative model for transforming a neglected and abused urban waterway into an economic, environmental, educational, recreational, and transportation resource for the community and the region. This successful model hinges on the consistent and meaningful participation of 100+ community, cultural, education, and government partners as well as local residents in the envisioning, design and implementation of capital projects along the river and greenway. The goal is to create a healthy resource for Bronx residents, the majority of whom are low-income and underserved in terms of parkland, open space, and recreational and economic opportunities.

    The Alliance believes that its mission is best served by seeking diverse partners, communicating freely, openly, and with respect for the accomplishments of others, and working collaboratively to get things done. Our strength lies in the participation and independence of the communities along the river, which are so intimately connected to its past and—most critically—its future.

    The Alliance carries out its mission through four interrelated programs:

    The Ecological Restoration & Management Program protects, restores and manages the river via field work and policy leadership. Guided by the Ecology Team—scientists, members of community groups, and government representatives—the program tackles the most pressing ecological issues affecting the river's corridor. The Bronx River Conservation Crew has a full-time presence on the river, implementing and maintaining river and upland restoration projects. Locally-recruited, the Crew in turn annually exposes hundreds of youth to green career paths in their own neighborhoods. To date, the Crew has planted nearly 93,000 native trees, shrubs and plants, removed 333 tons of garbage, supported oyster and fish reintroduction projects, added/maintained raingardens and rain barrels, and removed blockages and litter from the river, keeping it clean and accessible to thousands of paddlers.

    The Education & Recreation Program provides hands-on, outdoor learning opportunities—from counting migrating eels to water quality monitoring. The program reveals the river as a rich learning laboratory for thousands of students and educators in one of the most under-resourced, urban communities in the country. The primary education programs are: Bronx River Classroom, Bronx River Stewards Citizen Science Program, and Wade into the Bronx River, a series of free lectures, walks and workshops on river-related educational topics. Recreation programming annually guides thousands of New Yorkers on interpretative paddling adventures on the river.

    The Greenway Program helps develop the Bronx River Greenway, a continuous corridor of parks and trails following the river's 23-mile length in Bronx and Westchester Counties. The program works to create open spaces, restore existing parks, and integrate them into a healthy corridor for walking, biking, and running in communities that desperately need access to open space; to date, nearly 20 miles of the Greenway have been completed. The Alliance is uniquely structured to create common ground between government agencies and community-based organizations to develop the Greenway. The Greenway Team brings together community advocates, non-profit leaders, and government agencies to interact, coordinate, and move projects forward as well as raise capital funds, which to date has brought in more than $160 million in committed funds.

    The Outreach Program works to bring people to the Bronx River and discover its beauty and get active on its banks, which is a crucial step in building a constituency for the river. Alliance-sponsored public events, including the Amazing Bronx River Flotilla and the Bronx River Festival draw thousands of people to the river every year, as well as volunteer-led walks, river/park clean-ups, restoration projects, movie nights, and performing arts programs. Program staff engages community-based organizations, institutions, and neighborhood ambassadors to take ownership of a section of the Bronx River. These events, together with recreational programming, provide opportunities for all New Yorkers to discover—and care for—the unique slice of nature that flows through the heart of the Bronx.

  • History:
  • Considering the Bronx's highly urbanized landscape, it is difficult to imagine that the Bronx River was seen as a potential source of drinking water for fast-growing New York City in the early 19th century. Rapid industrialization along the river in the mid-19th century ended this idea, as the river became a convenient place to dump industrial waste as well as household sewage and garbage. Degradation of the river continued well into the 20th century, despite early efforts by government and local groups to protect and restore the river.

    In 1974 an unlikely duo—a Bronx police commander and a secretary at Fordham University—joined forces and recruited a small band of community activists to form the Bronx River Restoration Project. They saw the dire condition of the river (described as "a yellow sewer") as a reflection of the problems facing Bronx communities along the river: high levels of poverty and crime and low levels of economic and educational opportunities. They believed that reclaiming the river was key to revitalizing the local communities and thus began the arduous process of cleaning up and restoring the river.

    Their efforts gained strength and numbers in 1997, when Partnerships for Parks convened the Bronx River Working Group and brought together more than 60 community organizations, public agencies, and businesses committed to reclaiming the river and improving access to it throughout the Bronx. Efforts to restore the river took a tremendous step forward in 2001 when the Bronx River Working Group created the Bronx River Alliance as a permanent 501(c)(3) organization to continue this work for the long term.

    Working closely with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (NYC Parks), which provides substantial in-kind support, since 2001 the Alliance has created 18 new acres of riverside parkland and improved 25 existing acres, completed 9 miles of the projected 12 miles of Bronx River Greenway trails in the Bronx, and created 7 boat/canoe/kayak launches, where none previously existed. The Crew has cleared 333 tons of garbage from the river and its banks (including 89 cars, 30,000 tires, and innumerable appliances, bicycles, and furniture), planted nearly 93,000 trees, shrubs, and other plantings along the river’s banks, and spearheaded green infrastructure projects, e.g., rain gardens, rain barrels, bioswales, etc. throughout the Bronx River watershed. The Ecology Team has expedited the building of the city's first fish passage to help fish migrate up the river to spawn and created a green-jobs career ladder in river restoration and park management for hundreds of Bronx residents, some of whom have moved onto full-time employment with NYC Parks.

    The Education & Recreation Program has worked with 2,300 educators who have used the river as an outdoor classroom for 9,400 students, and attracted 14,500 people who have paddled the river with Alliance-sponsored events as well as thousands more via expeditions sponsored by partner organizations. And the Outreach Program harnessed the power of more than 11,600 volunteers who have logged nearly 97,000 hours on Bronx River projects. All these achievements are one reason why the Bronx River was named a National Water Trail by the National Park Service in 2013 and was named a pilot site (with the Harlem River) by the EPA's Urban Waters Federal Partnership in 2011.

  • Year established:2001
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:14
  • Advisory board size:5
  • Staff size:22


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:75-3001587

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:753001587
  • Organization Name:BRONX RIVER ALLIANCE INC
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:ONE BRONX RIVER PARKWAY
  • Organization City:BRONX
  • Organization State:NY
  • Organization Zip:10462-2869
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:July, 2002
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:C27
  • Asset Amount:$1,825,536
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,533,665
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$1,520,210
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 6:56:52 am

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