A dolphin was found dead in the waters of the Hutch on Friday. The body was seen floating near Glover Park in a section of the river between Pelham and Mt. Vernon that is heavily industrialized and polluted.
The issue of raw sewage draining into the Hutch by the six municipalities along the river was just discussed at last Monday’s HRRP monthly meeting.
The dolphin’s body was removed by County Police and turned over to the DEC for a necropsy on Saturday. The results haven’t been released yet.
This tragedy serves to underscore the reasons for the formation of HRRP. The Hutch is considered to be the most polluted river in New York State. The efforts of HRRP are helping to make a difference but without cooperation — and funding — from the local municipalities, elected officials, and governmental agencies, our work is considerably more challenging.
The Hutch runs through the Thomas Pell Wildlife Sanctuary, part of the last remaining salt marsh ecosystem in the Bronx.
We urge you to consider subscribing to our HRRP Google Group email list so that you can keep informed and help in our efforts: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/hutchinson-river
You can also Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HutchinsonRRP/ and Follow Us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hutchinsonriver
Our next Hutch Cleanup will take place in September, TBD. You can join us on Saturday, May 6th from 2-4pm for our annual Jane’s Walk to the top of the Pelham landfill for a spectacular view of the Hutch and surroundings.
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Here are some more photos from our 2015 Jane’s Walk: Photos courtesy of Gilbert Siegel, Inge Otto. Click on images to enlarge.
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Thanks to everyone who participated in our 2015 Jane’s Walk on May 2nd. Hope you’ll join us again next year. And don’t forget our Annual shoreline clean up this September. Let us keep you up-to-date about our activities and events … Continue reading
Join us tomorrow, Saturday, May 2nd as we hike to the summit of the Pelham landfill for a spectacular view of the Hutchinson River and then make our way back down and over to the assembly area and launch site for our annual Clean-Up.
You’ll learn about the river, the Thomas Pell Wildlife Sanctuary, Anne Hutchinson (for whom the river is named), and the work of HRRP in bringing attention to this long neglected natural resource and our efforts to restore it to health.
Visit our Jane’s Walk 2015 page for more information and to register. Participation is free of charge and open to all.
Jane’s Walk’s are a series of walking tours that were started in 2007 to honor the memory and work of author and community activist, Jane Jacobs, the woman who (along with the Greenwich Village community she organized), took on Robert Moses in his bid to push an expressway through their community and won. The walks are scheduled for the first weekend in May to coincide with Jacobs’ birthday. They are free and open to everyone.
The organizers of Jane’s Walk have invited HRRP to organize our own walk, which we have scheduled for May 2nd from 2 – 4 pm. The walk will include a hike up the Pelham Bay Park land fill where we can view the Hutchinson River and learn what is being done to make the river accessible and clean. After descent from the land fill, those who wish to continue will cross the bridge over the Hutchinson River and walk down the trail to where the canoes are launched for our annual fall cleanup of the Pell Wildlife Sanctuary, which is located on the river. The walk will begin at the Southwest corner of the Pelham landfill located on Pelham Parkway East just before the Hutchinson River drawbridge (directions below). The site is easily accessible from Pelham Parkway, The Hutchinson River Parkway, and I-95. Parking is available.
Registration is required for this walk but is limited to 40 participants. You may register for the walk on this website. Just visit our “Jane’s Walk 2015” page and fill out the form.
By Public Transportation:
Subway: #6 Pelham Bay Line to Pelham Bay Park (last stop)
Bus: BX5, 8, 12, 23, 24, 29, Q50, #45 Bee Line to Pelham Bay Park #6 station
Cross over Bruckner Expwy. to Pelham Bay Park and follow road Northeast passed Bronx Victory Memorial to land fill entrance just before traffic light.
Pelham Parkway East: passed I-95 overpass and entrance ramp to I-95 North, first right just before traffic light into land fill parking lot.
Hutchinson River Parkway North: Exit 3E, continue on service road to Pelham Parkway East, passed I-95 overpass and entrance ramp to I-95 North, first right just before traffic light into land fill parking lot.
Hutchinson River Parkway South: Exit 3E on to Pelham Parkway East, passed I-95 overpass and entrance ramp to I-95 North, first right just before traffic light into land fill parking lot.
I-95 North (Bruckner Expwy.): Stay to the right and take City Island/Orchard Beach exit, follow road Northeast passed Bronx Victory Memorial to land fill entrance.
I-95 South: Exit 8B on to Pelham Parkway East, passed I-95 overpass and entrance ramp to I-95 North, first right just before traffic light into land fill parking lot.