Located in the eastern section of the Bronx, Westchester Creek generally extends south of Westchester Avenue in the Bronx and parallels the Hutchinson River Parkway until Westchester and Pugsley Creeks merge with the Upper East River. This waterbody/watershed straddles, the border between Bronx Community Districts 9 and 10, and includes all tidal wetlands, riparian areas, and associated upland areas. Parks and undeveloped properties adjacent to Westchester Creek that drain to the waterbody via overland runoff are included in the 5,000 acre study area. The sewershed includes portions of the combined and separately sewered service areas of the Hunts Point Wastewater Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF), spanning Bronx Community Districts 9, 10, 11, and 12.
Although considered tributary to the Upper East River, neither Westchester nor Pugsley Creeks have any natural freshwater flow. Based on topography, the natural tributary watershed would be approximately 3,600 acres. However, sewer system construction, urban development and other alterations to the watershed and runoff pathways have resulted in approximately 5,000 acres of drainage area tributary to Westchester and Pugsley Creeks.
Long Term Control Plan
DEP completed a Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) to better understand CSO impacts on water quality within Westchester Creek. Throughout the LTCP’s development the City collected water quality data, performed extensive modeling, held multiple public meeting and analyzed potential projects based on costs and anticipated water quality. To learn more about the Westchester Creek LTCP and other improvement projects, download the factsheet.
The Westchester Creek Long Term Control Plan was submitted to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) on June 30, 2014. DEC approved the plan on July 11, 2017.
February 26, 2014 – Henry Hudson School, Bronx
May 7, 2014 – Herbert Lehman High School, Bronx
September 16, 2015 – PS 71 Rose E Scala, Bronx
Waterbody/Watershed Facility Plan