Summer Challenge in Action

More than a dozen members of Friends' Tributary Committee fanned out across three Chicago parks June 13 to collect hundreds of pounds of trash strewn along the river's edge

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30 Mile Trek For Bass a Triumph

A largemouth bass, tagged by aquatic biologists in the Chicago River near Goose in October 2019, traveled 30 miles upstream in the North Branch of the
Chicago River and reached the Skokie River.

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A Nest for Two?

Last week Friends was thrilled to discover an osprey adding material to the nesting platform we installed at Beaubien Woods in early 2018. Reports a few days later by Forest Preserve District staff revealed there was a male and a female together there which was confirmed again yesterday by Friends' staff.

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Under Water

Days of rain have resulted in tens of millions of gallons of raw sewage and stormwater runoff pouring into the Chicago River system through the sewers and overland as well as releases into the lake at Wilmette and downtown Chicago.

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Help Stop Nutrient Pollution

Friends and our Water Quality Task Force partners at Environmental Law & Policy Center, Openlands, and Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter are seeking photographs of algal blooms on the river to support our efforts to reduce nutrient pollution.

We're especially looking for photos from the 2018 and 2019 paddling seasons, but any photos will help.

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