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Environmental science is the systematic study of our environment and our proper place in it. A relatively new field, environmental science is highly interdisciplinary, integrating natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities in a broad, holistic study of the world around us. In contrast to more theoretical disciplines, environmental science is mission-oriented. That is, it seeks new, valid, contextual knowledge about the natural world and our impacts on it, but obtaining this information creates a responsibility to get involved in trying something about the problems we have created i.e. environmental science is an applied science. For this study the environment that will be observed will be that of the Bronx River with the help of the Bronx River Alliance. The Bronx River Alliance was created in 2001 by community groups and public agencies to serve as a coordinated voice for the river. Its mission is to work in harmonious partnership to protect, improve and restore the Bronx River corridor so that it can be a healthy ecological, recreational, educational and economic resource for the communities through which the river flows. This study will show the applied progress in the restoration and preservation of the Bronx River and the urban environment along it during the past five months as I intern with the Bronx River Alliance while keeping in mind the following objectives:

  • Improvement of riparian buffers and aquatic habitat in the Bronx River Watershed
  • Protection and enhancement of conditions for diadromous fish population in the Bronx River.
  • Increase stewardship towards the river’s renaissance.