Our Liquid Asset
The Economic Benefits of a Clean Chicago River
Research conducted by Friends and partner organization Openlands proves what we knew all along: investing in the Chicago River is good for the river and good for the region. The study, Our Liquid Asset: The Economic Benefits of a Clean Chicago River, underscores how water quality improvements have substantial returns on investment. Improvements that address water quality, flooding, and public access to the river support the local economy by creating jobs, generating income and revenue, and improving our quality of life.
Historically, there has been a lack of information that quantified the specific positive return on investment in caring for the Chicago River, which hindered investing in infrastructure and policy improvements. This new report provides economic analysis and useful information for decision makers and elected officials who want to make effective changes that benefit the river. By working together, taking a closer look at our liquid asset, and making common sense investments, we are working to make the Chicago River one of the world’s greatest metropolitan rivers.