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The downtown Yonkers Saw Mill River Daylighting Park (Credit: Elizabeth Daza)

The downtown Yonkers Saw Mill River Daylighting Park project included consultations with fish biologists and ecologists, who included plans for a fish ladder, visible on the left. (Sept. 18, 2012)

Daylighting the Saw Mill River

The Saw Mill River is now flowing in broad daylight through Larkin Plaza thanks to a $19 million public works project that was recently completed. The river had been buried for almost a century after it was unearthed with the help of engineers, ecologists and fish biologists.

The Daylighting Saw Mill River Park in downtown
(Credit: Elizabeth Daza)

The Daylighting Saw Mill River Park in downtown Yonkers was designed in consultation with fish biologists and ecologists to serve as a habitat for migratory fish such as the American eel, among others. (Sept. 18, 2012)

The downtown Yonkers Saw Mill River Daylighting Park
(Credit: Elizabeth Daza)

The downtown Yonkers Saw Mill River Daylighting Park project included consultations with fish biologists and ecologists, who included plans for a fish ladder, visible on the left. (Sept. 18, 2012)

The American Eel Outdoor Classroom at the Saw
(Credit: Elizabeth Daza)

The American Eel Outdoor Classroom at the Saw Mill River Park. (Sept. 12, 2012)

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The benches in the American Ell Outdoor Classroom
(Credit: Elizabeth Daza)

The benches in the American Ell Outdoor Classroom in downtown Yonkers were all carved from one tree by a local artist. (Sept. 18, 2012)

A young passerby stops to read the signage
(Credit: Elizabeth Daza)

A young passerby stops to read the signage at the Daylighting Saw Mill River Park. According to Ground Work Hudson Valley, the nonprofit group responsible for the renovation, the park provides a valuable learning opportunity for children in the region. (Sept. 18, 2012)

Signage at the Saw Mill River Daylighting Park
(Credit: Elizabeth Daza)

Signage at the Saw Mill River Daylighting Park explains how migratory fish make it to the habitat, which was created in consultation with fish biologists and ecologists. (Sept. 18, 2012)

This mosaic, located at the American Eel Outdoor
(Credit: Elizabeth Daza)

This mosaic, located at the American Eel Outdoor Classroom at the Saw Mill River Park in downtown Yonkers, describes the migration story of the American eel. The artist, Haifa Bint-Kadi, lives across the street. (Sept. 18, 2012)

A close-up of the mosaic designed by Artist
(Credit: Elizabeth Daza)

A close-up of the mosaic designed by Artist Haifa Bint-Kadi. The mosaic is part of the American Eel Outdoor Classroom at the Saw Mill River Park in downtown Yonkers. (Sept. 18, 2012)

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Rick Magder is the founding executive director of
(Credit: Elizabeth Daza)

Rick Magder is the founding executive director of Groundwork Hudson Valley and the executive director of Groundwork USA, both based in Yonkers. (Sept. 18, 2012)

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