FRONT COVER: Although a natural phenomenon (more or less),
Chicagos waterways are much about peoplethose who live, work or play along its
varied shores. These are the people who willthrough care and common
visionsdetermine the future of this great waterway. Views of the river and its
people overlay a visitors map of the City and the main branch of the Chicago River.
Clockwise from upper right, aerial view of Lake Michigan, the Chicago River and the City
of Chicago (photograph by Richard E. Carter); North Mayfair neighborhood volunteers
planting the Gompers Park wetlands along the North Branch of the Chicago River (courtesy
of Chicago Park District); Glenbrook North High School students monitoring the health of
area rivers (courtesy of Mike Piskel); and Urban Canoe Adventures (U-CAN) river guide
trainees practicing their newly-acquired canoe skills (courtesy of Friends of the Chicago
TITLE PAGE: Residents participating in small focus groups (Chapter 2, Nearby
Neighborhood Residents Images and Perceptions of the River) were asked to express
their feelings of the river through crayon drawings. The drawing shown characterizes a
participants impression of the Chicago River ("Main Branch") by depicting
sailboats, bascule (movable) bridges and high-rise architecture.
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|This is a publication of
the ChicagoRivers Demonstration Project, a national model for the enhancement of urban
waterways. It is a collaborative effort directed by the Friends of the Chicago River and
the National Park Service, Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program.
ChicagoRivers Demonstration Project
Friends of the Chicago River
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
National Park Service, Rivers, Trails, and Conservation
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
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 rivers 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.
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
nations 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.
Gobster, Paul H., and Lynne M. Westphal, Editors. 1998. People and the River: Perception and Use of Chicago Waterways for
Recreation. (Chicago Rivers Demonstration
Project Report, 192 p.) Milwaukee, WI: U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park
Service, Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program.
Published by the National Park Service, Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance
Program, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1998.
Publication design and copy preparation by Graphic Works, Atlanta, Georgia.
Printed by Alpha Beta Press, Inc., Orland Park, Illinois.
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