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8/16/05
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BRONX RIVER RESTORATION TO BE FEATURED AT WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE

The Bronx River Restoration Project will be featured during the White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation in St. Louis, Mo., at the end of August.

The project uses a community-based approach to restore the habitat in and around the Bronx River in New York City. During the industrial revolution the river valley was turned into an industrial corridor and became what one official commission called an “open sewer,” with little of the vegetation that once dominated its shores and contaminated soils unsuitable for fish and shellfish. In 1996, partnerships were formed between local and federal governments as well as local organizations and the academic community to begin river restoration including the restoration of the riparian and tidal areas along the lower part of the river. Restoration of an old cement plant involved removing large blocks of concrete and debris, re-grading the banks and replacing invasive plant species such as the Japanese knotwood with native species.

“An extraordinary partnership of more than 70 community organizations, public agencies, and businesses is working together to restore the Bronx River to its full potential as a natural and community resource,” said Linda Cox, executive director of the Bronx River Alliance and Bronx River administrator for City of New York Parks & Recreation. “Our success in transforming a derelict concrete plant into a prized community asset exemplifies the progress we are making and the powerful effect that partnerships grounded in communities can have."

NOAA is dedicated to restoring and protecting our nation’s coastal resources. Retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator said, “The Bronx River Restoration Project is a classic example of how cooperative conservation strengthens shared governance and boosts citizen stewardship.”

In August 2004 President George W. Bush signed the Executive Order titled Facilitation of Cooperative Conservation directing the federal agencies involved in environmental policy to actively promote cooperative conservation. On August 29, 30 and 31, 2005, invited representatives from the public and private sectors will meet in St. Louis, Mo to share experiences and expertise to advance the cooperative conservation vision.

NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Department of commerce is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources.

On the Web:

NOAA: http://www.noaa.gov

White House Conference on Cooperative Concervation: http://conservation.ceq.gov