Approximately 15 to 20 volunteers, wearing boots and gloves, walked the West Fork of the North Fork of the Chicago River in Glenview near Techney Basin, picking garbage bags full of trash and debris from the river and its banks. I pulled 20 bags.
“It’s a lot better than it was in the 1970s and 80s, but it’s not perfect,” said Glenview Natural Resources Manager Robyn Franke, who organized the Sunday cleanup.
Dolls and wooden boards with nails were found, but Franke said, “Removing the plastic[from the river]is the most important thing and it discourages us from how much we get.” rice field.
Franke said the river is no longer used as a dumping ground. She said the main source of trash drawn from rivers and their banks comes from trash that blows into rivers. I said it’s possible.
“Anything we can do to reduce trash will help the river,” said Franke.
The next river cleanup is scheduled for May 2023, and the event is co-sponsored by the Village and Friends of the Chicago River. Sunday cleaning was organized only by village officials.
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