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New York Power Authority Helps Launch Bronx River Alliance Summer Canoe/Kayak Program

Ed Birdie

May 9, 2007


BRONX—Just before the launch of this year’s annual Bronx River Flotilla on Saturday May 5, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) presented a $4,500 donation toward the Bronx River Alliance summer canoe/kayak program.  Over 80 kayaks and canoes participated in the Flotilla and paddled down the river from 219th Street to where it empties into the East River by Hunts Point/Soundview.

"The Bronx River is one of the borough's most important natural resources," said Sobeida Cruz, director of public & governmental affairs for the Bronx and Lower Hudson Valley, NYPA. "The last decade has seen a renaissance of interest and restoration of this unique urban waterway, due in no small part to the coordinated efforts of the New York City Parks Department and the Bronx River Alliance and its member organizations. The Power Authority is happy to support the Alliance in its programs to once again make the entire river enjoyable and accessible to all."

The Alliance is a consortium of over 100 community-based, national and international organizations that works closely with the New York City Parks Department 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.

Joining Cruz for the presentation were Bronx River Alliance Chairman Dart Westphal; First Deputy Mayor Patricia E. Harris; Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz; Councilman Oliver Koppel; Commissioner Adrian Benepe, City of New York Department of Parks, and Bronx River Alliance Executive Director Linda Cox.

Also on display at the presentation was a Ford Escape Hybrid AWD vehicle, funded by the Bronx Initiative for Energy & the Environment (BIEE) of which the Power Authority is a major supporter.  This vehicle is used by the Alliance for river cleanup and restoration.

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