The Bronx River
There is a hidden place in New York City, an artery where beavers once thrived, known long ago as the “River of High Bluffs” to Indigenous Peoples that lived along the banks. The 23 mile-long Bronx River is New York City's only freshwater stream, once considered a potential source for city drinking water. After more than a century of human encroachment, the river is currently designated as an "Impaired Stream" by the EPA, its water unsafe for human contact. This story documents contemporary community efforts to reclaim the river's water and riparian areas that began with the Bronx River Restoration Project in 1974. In 2022, the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Clean Water Act, this river long thought of as an open sewer remains one that people cannot safely set foot in.
This story is in progress.