• Challenge: The Great Lakes
    are under threat
    The Great Lakes provide drinking water to
    more than 40 million people and contain
    fresh water. Pollution, invasive species,
    and human activity are impairing both the
    quantity and quality of water in the Lakes.
    Protecting this complex system effectively
    requires investments in the natural areas
    that sustain them and smart policy work to
    address industrial pollutants, invasive
    species and chemical contaminants in our
    drinking water.
    response: addressing pollutants that
    threaten drinking water and ecosystem health
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The Chi-Cal Rivers Fund

The health of the Great Lakes and the Chicago River system are interdependent.   In 2012, a group of public and private funders came together to form the Chi-Cal Rivers Fund to restore the health, vitality and accessibility of the waterways in the Chicago and Calumet region.  The partnership uses a competitive grants process to support green stormwater infrastructure, habitat enhancement and public-use improvements.  In 2013, the Fund announced $1,000,000 in grants.  Altogether, the funded projects will:

  • Add more than 1.1 million gallons of stormwater storage capacity
  • Enhance 500 acres of riparian, wetland and upland habitat
  • Improve 4,000 feet of in-stream fish habitat
  • Add or improve nearly 13 acres of new public park space

List of Chi Cal Funders

  • ArcelorMittal
  • The Chicago Community Trust
  • Crown Family Philanthropies
  • Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources
  • Joyce Foundation
  • Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
  • Wrigley Company Foundation