Saw Mill River Coalition History

The Saw Mill River Coalition, a program by Groundwork Hudson Valley, was formed in 2001 with a vision of revitalizing the Saw Mill River and helping people enjoy it. One of the first major projects the coalition led was the daylighting of the Saw Mill River in Downtown Yonkers. The coalition helped organize public engagement events and brought together different stakeholders to promote the daylighting project. Over the last two decades the coalition worked with public officials from Westchester County and from the 12 watershed municipalities to promote adequate planning and restoration projects. The Coalition organizes hundreds of volunteers to clean the river’s banks, remove invasive vines, plant native trees and monitor water quality. Projects have included efforts to improve water quality, encourage sustainable land use, restore habitat and wildlife, promote recreational opportunities, and raise awareness of the river’s history and significance.