Postcard2.gif (15652 bytes)This project is a collaboration of public and private organizations enhancing Chicago Area Rivers through community-based activities, while serving as a national model for improving degraded waterways. River enhancement projects--many of which have been completed and are presented in these publications--require the participation of all interests through common goals addressing community needs, environment and sustainable growth.


wb_btn.gif (995 bytes)  Chicago Rivers Demonstration Project Brochure

wb_btn.gif (995 bytes)  People and the River

wb_btn.gif (995 bytes) Nature and the River

wb_btn.gif (995 bytes)  What's Working on Working Rivers

wb_btn.gif (995 bytes)  Success Stories:
      blue-diamond50.gif (861 bytes) Baubien Woods-Flatfoot Lake (144kb)
      blue-diamond50.gif (861 bytes) Gompers Park Wetlands (137kb)
      blue-diamond50.gif (861 bytes) Illinois & Michigan Canal Origins Park (83kb)
      blue-diamond50.gif (861 bytes) Northcenter Neighbors Riverbank (100kb)
      blue-diamond50.gif (861 bytes) Prairie Wold Slough Wetlands and Prairie (86kb)
      blue-diamond50.gif (861 bytes) U-CAN Urban Canoe Adventures (81kb)

NOTE: These publications are in PDF file format.  The links above take you to the table of contents (when applicable) for you to choose the files you would like to print or view.  You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to access these files.  If you don't have Acrobat Reader you can download it free from the Adobe website.

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  • ChicagoRivers Demonstration Project

  • Friends of the Chicago River

  • Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

  • National Park Service, Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program

  • Urban Resources Partnership of Chicago

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District

  • USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chicago Metro Wetlands Office

Friends40.gif (2908 bytes)Friends of the Chicago River is the only non-profit organization dedicated solely to the protection and improvement of the Chicago River. The organization has become the single most influential voice for realizing the potential of the river’s many resources. Since its inception in 1979, the Friends of the Chicago River has played a significant role in policy and planning for the promotion of public access and improvements to the river.

Npslogo30.gif (2625 bytes)The National Park Service, through its Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program, is responsible for developing national policies and programs concerning the conservation of the nation’s river and trail resources. The Service also helps local communities and organizations create conservation plans for the development and protection of greenways, river corridors, and open space areas outside of the national parks.

To obtain a copy of any of these published reports
contact the National Park Service.

National Park Service
77 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604

phone:  (312) 886-1437
fax:  (312) 886-7804


   USDA Forest Service at

USDA Forest Service, National Headquarters

North Central Research Station
1992 Folwell Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108
(651) 649-5000  fax: (651) 649-5285

All contents are in the public domain.

Please credit the North Central Research Station
if you copy or reproduce material from this page.

Last modified on Wednesday, February 18, 2004
by  Sharon Hobrla