This weekend's torrential rains caused combined sewer overflows (CSOs) that drove sewage and other pollutants into the Chicago River system, potentially harming people and wildlife. In fact, the volume was so great the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) had to open the controlling gates at Wilmette which allowed polluted water into Lake Michigan causing beach closures. Friends called for an Overflow Action Day Friday in advance of the weekend's wet weather and had piece in the Chicago Sun-Times on how you can help.Continue Reading »
Friends' McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum continues to inspire visitors with its interesting content, access to the innerworkings of the bridge, and sweeping views of the Chicago River. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, programs include a summer lunchtime lecture series, Asian Carp Grill Fest, and musical interludes.Continue Reading »
The Forest Preserves of Cook County (FPCC) named the osprey as the bird of the month for July--an apt celebration as Friends and the preserves continue to build nests and increase potential for new pairs to make Cook County their home. According to Field Museum scientist, Doug Stotz, there are 16 nesting pairs locally.Continue Reading »
5th District U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley's July 3 guest column concluded with the statement that if we work together "one day we might be able to swim in the river." Published in the Chicago Sun-Times, the story celebrated Friends' new Overflow Action Day program and encourages people to take the Overflow Action Day pledge.
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