Goldman Sachs Volunteers to give Saw Mill River a Face-lift

 

Saw Mill River Coalition

A
program of Groundwork Yonkers

6 Wells Avenue, Yonkers,
NY  10701

914-375-2151  Fax: 914-375-2153

 
For
Immediate Release:          Contact:
Wednesday, May
14, 2008                  Ann-Marie Mitroff
                                                                          
Director of River
Programs: 815-5872
(cell)

Goldman
Sachs Volunteers to give Saw Mill

River a Face-lift

On May 16, 2008, twenty-five volunteers from the Goldman Sachs Community
TeamWorks program will plant over 100 trees and shrubs along the South County
Trailway and the Saw
Mill River
just north of Farragut Avenue
off of the Saw Mill River Parkway.  This project is one of several restoration
and cleanup programs sponsored by the Saw Mill River Coalition, a program of Groundwork Hudson
Valley, a non-profit environmental
organization located in Yonkers,
New York.

The Goldman Sachs Community TeamWorks
volunteers will also remove invasive vines and shrubs and put woodchips down on
an area being cleared for a future meadow restoration project and a new path leading
to the River.

 Since 1997, Goldman Sachs, a global investment
banking, securities, and investment management firm, has given its employees
one day off each year to volunteer in team based projects coordinated with
local nonprofits.      

 In addition to beautifying the Saw Mill
River, the trees and shrubs
planted by the Goldman Sachs volunteers are an important part of the
restoration of a riparian buffer in this section of the River.  As defined by the USDA Forest Service, a
riparian buffer is a vegetated area near a stream, usually wooded, which helps
shade and protect a stream from the impacts of adjacent land uses, decrease
streambank erosion and filter sediment and pollutants commonly found in runoff,
provide floodwater storage, increase wildlife habitat and provide recreation
areas.

 Established
in 2001, the Saw Mill River Coalition is a dynamic partnership of nonprofit
groups, government agencies, municipalities and businesses dedicated to
protecting the Saw Mill, a tributary of the Hudson River.  The Coalition works closely with the
Westchester County Parks Department and the New York State Department of
Transportation who are also co-sponsoring the cleanup and restoration of this
area.   

 

Date & Time:  Friday, May 16, 2008; 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Rain Date:  Thursday, May 22, 2008; 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Location: Farragut Avenue, Exit 13 North off of the Saw Mill River Parkway in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. The restoration sites are located along the South County Trailway, approximately 1500 feet north of the parking lot.

                                            

 

                                                                                                                                                           
                                          

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