Thomas Pell Wildlife Sanctuary Cleanup Project

Here is an example of how communities are cleaing up rivers! The Hutchinson River Restoration Project (HRRP) is meeting with volunteers this Sunday to clean up the Hutchinson River. If you are in the area join in the fun. WFMD wishes you all the best!


The goals of Thomas Pell Wildlife Sanctuary Cleanup Project are to bring the existence of the Thomas Pell Wildlife Sanctuary in Pelham Bay Park to the community’s attention and to continue the cleanup of the debris (bottles, plastic,tires, etc.) that is found on its one and a half mile shore on the east bank of the Hutchinson River. The Pell Sanctuary is the largest salt marsh habitat in New York City outside of Jamaica Bay. It is only accessible from the Hutchinson River. It is impossible to reach this shore from the land because the land is swampy and devoid of trails. Because of this limited accessibility, the only way to approach the cleanup area is by boat. So that the sanctuary nesting cycle is not disturbed, access is limited until Summer’s end. The third limit is overall working environment,
weather and tides. Experience has shown that rising tide is the major factor. Considering these limits, Sunday September 20, 2015 has been selected. The volunteers will be taken to the cleanup sites by canoe or power boat. At the sites the cleanup parties will place recovered trash in bags which will then be placed in the power boats and taken to the shore processing point. The power boats will continue to return to the cleanup sites until all bags and volunteers are recovered.

For more info, contact Hutchinson River Restoration Project (HRRP) at 718 885 9653 or

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This Project is supported by American Rivers, the American Littoral Society, and the Urban Park Rangers.