Nearly $2 million of a settlement between state officials and alleged polluters has been allocated to clean up the Bronx River.
The state attorney general’s office reached a $7 million settlement with the cities of Yonkers, White Plains, Scarsdale, and Greenburgh, and Yonkers Raceway in 2007. They were accused of dumping raw sewage into the 23-mile river.
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo recently announced that $1.8 million of the settlement will be used to fund nine projects to clean up the river.
Most of the projects are intended to prevent harmful pollutants such as pesticides, litter and raw sewage from entering the river. Other projects include wetlands restoration at the New York Botanical Garden and rooftop gardens in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx.