River Ecology and Governance Task Force

The River Ecology and Governance Task Force is charged with coordinating between government agencies, civic and nonprofit organizations, private developers and local communities to achieve common goals for the betterment of Chicago's rivers. Its purview comprises every riverfront within the city limits, including the Chicago River, the North Shore Channel, the Sanitary and Ship Canal, and the Calumet, Little Calumet and Des Plaines rivers.

More broadly, the task force aims to transform Chicago's waterway system into a thriving and ecologically integrated natural asset, capable of accommodating the needs of people and wildlife through coordinated planning, investment, management, stewardship and programming.

An executive order signed in January 2019 by then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel directed the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) to create the task force. The task force has since created four working groups around common areas of practice: Science and Design, Stewardship and Volunteerism, Community Connections, and Trails.

In addition to uniting the varied organizations and individuals involved in Chicago's rivers, the task force will actively coordinate with other agencies that have important oversight functions, including the Chicago Waterways Committee, the Chicago Harbor Safety Committee and the Great Rivers Implementation Committee, among others.

Meetings and Materials

Below is a chart detailing meetings of the task force and its smaller working groups, and materials provided at each meeting. Community organizations and members of the general public interested in attending task force or working group meetings should contact DPD's Nolan Zaroff at Nolan.Zaroff@cityofchicago.org.

Date Meeting Materials

June 26, 2019

River Ecology And Governance Task Force

Agenda

Meeting 

Presentation

FOCR presentation

Meeting summary

June 21, 2019

Community Connections Working Group

Agenda

Presentation

Meeting summary

June 18, 2019

Science & Design Working

Agenda

Presentation

Meeting summary

June 17, 2019

Stewardship & Volunteers Working Group

Agenda

Presentation

Meeting summary

June 4, 2019

River Trails Working Group

Agenda

Presentation

Meeting summary

April 30, 2019

River Ecology and Governance Task Force

Agenda

Presentation

Meeting Summary

April 29, 2019

Science and Design Working Group Agenda
April 18, 2019 Stewardship & Volunteers

Agenda

Presentation

Meeting summary
April 18, 2019 Community Connections Working Group Agenda

Presentation

Meeting summary

April 12, 2019 River Trails Working Group Agenda

Presentation

Meeting summary

April 5, 2019 Science and Design Working Group

Agenda

Presentation

Meeting summary

March 14, 2019 River Ecology and Governance Task Force
Launch Meeting

Agenda

Presentation

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