Turn Out the Lights!

While so many of us are hunkered down waiting out the corona virus, we have an extraordinary opportunity to do something to help the world together: turn out the lights.

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Get Out and Count Some Birds

There are many river reaches within the city limits including the Chicago River, the North Shore Channel, the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, and the Calumet, Little Calumet and Rivers which provide critical habitat for birds of all kinds.

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Be a Part of Our Award Winning Team

Friends of the Chicago River is hiring and we are looking for a communications director, planning specialist, and director of community and strategic initiatives to broaden our outreach and our impact. Join our award-winning team.

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Earth Day at 50

Fifty days from now Earth Day turns 50 marking a half century of environmental activism that changed the way Americans treat ourselves and our planet.

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Get Counted and Help the Count

Since 1790, the US has been gathering data about the characteristics of our population through the national census to guide policy, legislative, and fiscal decision making. This year, in 2020, the US Census Bureau will once again take on the huge task of updating the decennial census database. The accuracy of this information is critical to the work of Friends of the Chicago River and our environmental partners, who work every day to improve our watershed for people, plants, and wildlife.

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Census Vital to Environmental Health

Since 1790, the US has been gathering data about the characteristics of our population through the national census to guide policy, legislative, and fiscal decision making. This year, in 2020, the US Census Bureau will once again take on the huge task of updating the decennial census database. The accuracy of this information is critical to the work of Friends of the Chicago River and our environmental partners, who work every day to improve our watershed for people, plants, and wildlife.

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New Lobbying Regulations Reduce Voices

Friends of the Chicago River, along with many of its nonprofit partners and colleagues, appear to be the baby in the bathwater these days. New efforts to scrub corruption from the public system include classifying nonprofits as lobbyists, putting them under rules and regulations that result in reducing the outside, alternative voices that organizations such as Friends provide.

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