Residents using minds, mussels to clean up Bronx River

(09/02/10) THE BRONX - Bronx fishermen are using their minds and mussels to help clean up the Bronx River.

A scientist from the Gaia Institute received $200,000 to plant millions of mussels along the shoreline of the Bronx River. The mussels will ingest water and when released, will filter out many of the pollutants.

Another $2.5 million in grant money will be going to Bronx organizations looking to clean up the river. One of those organizations, Rocking the Boat, was awarded $57,000 and it says it will use the money to divert storm water from its roof to a rain garden, where soil will naturally filter before it runs off into the river.

The money behind the project comes from fines and lawsuit settlements against people and companies who have been caught dumping in the river.

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