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.
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.
April 30, 2019
|River Ecology and Governance Task Force|
April 29, 2019
|Science and Design Working Group||Agenda|
|April 18, 2019||Stewardship and Volunteerism Working Group||Meeting summary|
|April 18, 2019||Community Connections and Trails Working Group||Agenda
|April 12, 2019||Community Connections and Trails Working Group||Agenda
|April 5, 2019||Science and Design Working Group|
|March 14, 2019||River Ecology and Governance Task Force