Friends of the Chicago River
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago on Friday celebrated the opening of the first of two disinfection plants designed to help clean up area rivers.
The improving water quality of the Chicago River has experts hopeful that 30,000 Channel catfish being released into the river on Tuesday will have a good chance of survival.
“Water quality makes a tremendous difference in how we can interact with the river, but also provides us jobs; it provides us business revenue,” said Friends of the Chicago River executive director Margaret Frisbie.
City planner and Chicago River advocate Eric Yondorf is being remembered as an expert and a visionary, for his part in the decades-long effort to transform the river into one of the city’s crown jewels.
The State of Illinois plans to add $10 million to a $21 million fund to disinfect sewage flowing into the Chicago River, as Chicago joins other major cities in making the most of a natural asset.
The Chicago River flows 156 miles, backwards, right through the Loop; it turns vibrant green on St. Patrick’s Day and has its own troupe of water taxis – what’s not to love? Here are three ways to get better acquainted with our beloved river.