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Fish See the Light of Day — In Downtown Yonkers, June 18

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Canadian camera crew catches Yonkers youth and Mayor with new “residents”

On Monday, June 18th, Mayor Mike Spano, along with Yonkers’ teens, Beczak Environmental Education Center, and Groundwork Hudson Valley staff discovered fish that are already swimming in the newly daylighted Saw Mill River. Students from Yonkers, Gordon, Saunders, and Hackley high schools and Oberlin College donned waders and learned how to capture fish in a seining net.  Several discoveries were made, including several baby nursery black-nose dace and tessellated darters, which are thriving in the rocks placed along the river for several species of fish to come and grow.

“The fact that fish are alive and well in such an urban area—downtown Yonkers—is magic, and we are excited about sharing this magic with our youth,” related Ann-Marie Mitroff, River Program Director of Groundwork Hudson Valley. This spring, students working with Groundwork Hudson Valley caught many baby glass eels at the mouth of the Saw Mill River. The eels migrate from 600 miles away to grow to adulthood in the Saw Mill.

Mayor Spano watched the seining at the water’s edge, and spoke with the students on hand. “This is such a fantastic idea that has been in the works for many years. We are going to continue daylighting the river, because it’s such a great resource for the city.  It shows the beauty of Yonkers and will help Yonkers become a destination,” said Mayor Spano.

The park, which will be open to the public once final details are finished, will provide a place to teach about the natural environment and Yonkers’ history. To support that goal, the American Eel Outdoor Classroom is being installed by Groundwork Hudson Valley under a grant from the Hudson River Foundation and the US EPA. The classroom area in the park will have benches to accommodate school and summer camp classes visiting Beczak Environmental Education Center, The Science Barge, and Philipse Manor Hall. It will also feature an in-ground mosaic depicting the life cycle of the American Eel. The area will also be used by the Yonkers Riverfront Library for story hours.

The Daylighting project culminates a 10-year effort to uncover portions of the river buried for decades by urban construction, making the way for the new park that will help spur Downtown Yonkers’ revitalization.

Spano and the students were filmed by Canadian documentary company Catbird Productions, which has been following the Daylighting project from start to finish. Their film, Under the City, is documenting rivers that have been buried in cities all around the world.  Filming is set for completion at the end of June and will air on French CBC TV and online soon.

According to Katarina Soukup, Catbird Producer and President, “Today is the end of a story—the big reveal. In cities around the world we often see great ideas for revitalizing abandoned rivers, but the political will to bring these ideas to life is not there. That’s what is so inspiring here in Yonkers. Environmentalists, engineers, and politicians worked together over these many months, and their collaborative effort has born fruit in this beautiful park. What a wonderful thing, seeing these inner city kids learning about nature, and having access to the river. Next summer we’d like to come back and present an outdoor screening of our completed film in the Daylighting Park.

Students seining in the newly opened river with net, looking for fish

Photos courtesy of Donna Davis, Ms. Davis Photography

Daylighting in Yonkers: Editorial in The New York Times, August 22, 2011

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

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News Pre-2008

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

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Municipalities join to Protect Saw Mill River Watershed (2/23/07)

Journal News: Volunteers clean up debris (4/23/07)

Volunteers clean up what others cast off (4/27/07)

Yonkers to Take Lid Off River (7/1/07)

Rye Sound Shore Review: Flood Report (10/7/07)



Invasive Vines (1/19/06)

Vines threaten trees along Saw Mill River Parkway (2/10/06)

Students have passion for environment (4/21/06)

Storm Drain Marking (4/28/06)

Yonkers cleans up vacant lots (6/23/06)

Yonkers’ ambitious plan meets skeptics (8/6/06)

Saw Mill River Seminars (9/29/06)

“Free-A-Tree” Project (10/4/06)

Downtown development deal bad idea for Yonkers (10/06/06)

Vine-choked trees need helping hands along Saw Mill (10/27/06)



Yonkers to Uncover River (1/6/05)

Saw Mill River Coalition Champions (Feb/Mar 05)

Saw Mill River health is called no fish story (8/26/05)

River RATs free choked trees in Macy Park (10/7/05)

Yonkers groups labor to remove invasive vines, garbage (10/7/05)

Volunteers Sought for parkway cleanup (10/31/05)

Opening river a boon to city (11/8/05)

Saw Mill RIVER Parkway (11/20/05)

On Yonkers waterfront (11/29/05)

Tired of trash, residents clean up (11/29/05)

Yonkers groups remove vines (12/7/05)

Clearing Parkway Vines (12/10/05)



When the Saw Mill River Floods_NY Times (7/11/04)

Storm runoff threatens drinking water (11/8/04)



Rising River_NY Times (1/30/03)



Canoe Trip Leads to a River’s Adoption, Part 1 (1/15/89)

Canoe Trip Leads to a River’s Adoption, Part 2 (1/15/89)



Group Keeps Close Watch on Dangers of Yonkers Flume, Part 1 (5/5/86)

Group Keeps Close Watch on Dangers of Yonkers Flume, Part 2 (5/5/86)



Underground water tunnel worries environmentalists (10/11/84)



Flume Gets Refurbished, Part 1 (8/25/77)

Flume Gets Refurbished, Part 2 (8/25/77)

Flume Gets Refurbished, Part 3 (8/25/77)

Flume Gets Refurbished, Part 4 (8/25/77)



This Flume’s a Fly in Yonkers’ Ointment, Part 1 (8/11/74)

This Flume’s a Fly in Yonkers’ Ointment, Part 2 (8/11/74)




Thursday, May 19th, 2011

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Cleaning up the Saw Mill (05/15/11)


Monday, April 18th, 2011

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Progress on Hudson (1/29/10)

Group Battles Invasive Vines (02/08/10)

No Parking (2/12/10)

Journal News: Creeping Vines Meet Some Resistance (2/26/10)

NMSDC Moves Forward with Daylighting (10/29/10)

18 yonkers sites pegged for redev (11/11/10)

Journal News: Sewage Release Unreported (11/18/10)

cortlandt law will preserve historic roads (11/19/10)

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