7th Circuit Court Blocks Lock Closures Again

The U.S. 7th Circuit Courts of Appeals rejected a bid by other states to close Chicago's locks in an effort to stop the movement of Asian carp. The judge writing for the panel, Diane Wood, wrote that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is "taking its stewardship over the CAWS and the carp problem seriously."

 

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Poor, Poor Chicago River

Since early June the Chicago River has been deluged with sewage and polluted stormwater becasue of the frequent heavy rains that have overwhelmed the tunnel and reservoir  (TARP/Deep Tunnel) system meant to protect the river.  Find out more about it and what you can do by listening to Friends' executive director and others on "The Morning Shift."

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IDNR Nonpoint Plan Ready for Comments

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources' (IDNR) draft plan for controlling nonpoint source pollution or some reaches of the Chicago River system and Lake Michigan has been posted online for review by the general public. The goal is to restore and protect coastal waters.

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New Paving Techniques Help River

New techniques for permeable paving, which help prevent flooding and pollution from reaching the Chicago River, are being implemented this week at Lawrence’s Fisheries, a Friends’ business member, by Ozinga Chicago, a business member as well.

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Friends and IDNR Release 30,000 Channel Cats

Friends of the Chicago River and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources released 30,000 channel catfish into the Chicago River system on June 10. A first step in a major river restoration project funded by the Chi-Cal Rivers Fund, 10,000 were released downtown at the confluence of the North Branch, Main Stem, and South Branch and 20,000 into the Little Calumet.

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Friends Big Fish Ball Raises Record Funds

On June 5, Friends of the Chicago River's annual gala, the Big Fish Ball, raised over $250,000 to support Friends' mission to improve and protect the Chicago River. Held on Riverside Drive in front of the Merchandise Mart, the event was near capacity with 470 diners there to enjoy the lovely summer weather, wild river animals, delicious dinner, and  the beautiful river. The Big Fish Ball was presented by Here: A Nokia Company.

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Redevelopment of Historic Lathrop Homes Moves Forward with Loan From CHA

The Chicago Housing Authority recently approved a $3.4 million loan for the redevelopment of Lathrop Homes, marking a turning point for this project which has been a decade in the works. The preliminary design for the site includes 6 acres of green, community space, multiple public walkways along the river, and a building layout focused on increasing connectivity to the surrounding community. Needless to say, Friends of the Chicago River is very much looking forward to the benefits the redevelopment of this historic community will bring to the North Branch of the Chicago River.

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94th Birthday Celebrated at our Bridgehouse Museum

The Michigan Avenue bridge's 94th birthday was a great excuse for a party at Friends' McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum yesterday when dozens of onlookers sang "Happy Birthday" after enjoying with amazement the giant gears raising the bridge for sailboats headed to the lake.

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Friends on the Chicago Riverwalk

Great progress is being made on the construction of phase 2 of the Chicago Riverwalk which should be complete by the end of 2014. The riverwalk will provide a wonderful array of activities ranging from dining to boating to just hanging out to enjoy the pagentry of the Chicago River.

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New Stormwater Rules in Effect

In good news for the Chicago River system, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District's Watershed Management Ordinance for Cook County went into effect May 1, 2014. The Ordinance, or WMO, governs how stormwater is managed as new development takes place in Cook County.

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