Help Improve Recreation, Water Quality on the Chicago River


Friends of the Chicago River is working to change the water quality standards for the Chicago River to protect the people who enjoy it and the wildlife that call it home.

Right now, you have an opportunity to help make that happen.

In 2007, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency proposed improved water quality standards for the Chicago River. The Illinois Pollution Control Board is currently reviewing these standards, and if they are approved the Chicago River and the people who paddle, swim, and fish in it will benefit from a cleaner and more vibrant river.

Help make this opportunity a reality by submitting a letter of support to the Illinois Pollution Control Board. Visit Friend’s of the Chicago River’s website to download a sample letter of support. Contact your elected officials and tell them that you want greater recreational opportunities and cleaner water in Chicago River and stay updated by visiting the Illinois Pollution Control Board’s website and read new testimonies, questions, and public comments.