Reports of Dead Birds

A series of reports regarding dead birds along the North Shore Channel, North Branch and the Main Stem has triggered a response from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) which suspects Botulism C as the source.

IDNR has asked Friends to field calls regarding dead birds in and along the river so all reports should be directed to


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Dead Ducks on North Shore Channel

Last week a Friends of the Chicago River volunteer reported seeing as many as 50 dead mallards on the North Shore Channel which we reported to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Hazardous Waste Dump Line and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. So far no one has figured out what went wrong but 50 dead ducks is a big deal and we need to do better in taking care of the river and the wildlife which depends upon it.

Anyone with information should contact Friends at (312) 939-0490, ext 10 or at ASAP.

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USACE Releases Asian Carp Report

For months, Friends, along with supporters and partners, have been urging Congress to require the Trump administration to release the Brandon Road study that outlines how to prevent Asian carp and other aquatic invasives from passing upstream into the Chicago River system and the Great Lakes. Today the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District, has released the draft and this is good news. 

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