L. Ann Rocker

L. Ann RockerL. Ann Rocker is an environmentalist, and the founder and president of the North River Community Environmental Review Board (NRCERB). A social worker and a resident of Harlem for over 50 years, she worked in an East Harlem parents program, and served as Director of the Morrisania Community Cooperation in the Bronx. Her interest in the environment started when the City of New York began to build the Water Pollution Control Plant in West Harlem. For 30 years she has led the NRCERB to focus on the abatement of noxious odors and monitoring of air and water pollutants from the plant. Rocker works on the basics, understanding how much the design and maintenance of public infrastructure affects both the local environment and the lives of residents. Rocker’s commitment to this effort includes monthly board meetings bringing City (DEP), State (DEC), Federal (US-EPA), State Parks and elected legislators together with community residents to advocate for cleaner air, water, better parks, recreation, expanded opportunities for our youth at the park built atop the facility, and improvement to public health. She also worked to get the Riverbank State Park (RBSP) built, and holds a monthly forum there for “Friends of RBSP.” She has been deeply involved with expanding recycling borough-wide, and the five borough recycling proposal for NYCDEP, and worked with legislators to get it through the NYC Council and now on its implementation. She has worked to contain hydraulic fracturing (fracking) In New York State and beyond, and much more.




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