Chi-Cal Rivers Fund Announces 960K in Grants


Friends is thrilled to receive funding from the Chi-Cal Rivers Fund as one of five community-driven projects to help create a healthier river, habitat, and communities.  Green space, wildlife habitat and stormwater management are essential to the vitality of our river systems—and to the health and safety of the communities around them.

Friends of the Chicago River  will reconnect Mill Creek to the Cal-Sag Channel by removing two shelf structures which block fish passage from the Cal-Sag Channel, opening up 2.5 miles of high-quality stream habitat to benefit more than 17 species of fish.

Here's a snapshop of the collective impact of this funding:

240 acres of savanna, riparian and upland habitat restored and enhanced
13,200 feet of in-stream habitat improved
More than 10 acres of neighborhood green space created and improved
More than 551,200 square feet of green storm water infrastructure added

Read more about the projects.