The Great Lakes are massive and awe inspiring. But, they are at risk if we do not take care of them. We believe the river can be both ecologically healthy and a catalyst for community revitalization.
Once invasive species are established in the Great Lakes, it is nearly impossible to remove them. Preventing them from ever entering is the best way to protect the Great Lakes.
Runoff pollution is preventable. Scientist have clearly shown that limiting runoff pollution will significantly improve the health of the Great Lakes.
The best place to stop pollution is at the source. Farmers are finding new ways to keep the fertilizer and manure spread on farm land to grow crops on the land and out of waterways. Preventing pollution at the source is the least expensive way to keep nutrients out of the bay and shrink the dead zone.
Watch the video from the Friends of the Chicago River to learn about the important efforts that can be done to preserve our ecosystem: