It’s Our Fox River Day

On September 17, 2022
how will YOU celebrate and serve our Fox River?

Clean Up Volunteers with Organge Garbage Bags
jenni with kids looking at critters
red horse band
richard by truck with garbage
Volunteer being interviewed
big group photo cleanup
child reads proclamation
children gathering garbage on fox river day
Clean Up Volunteers with Organge Garbage Bags
jenni with kids looking at critters
red horse band
richard by truck with garbage
Volunteer being interviewed
big group photo cleanup
child reads proclamation
children gathering garbage on fox river day
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It’s Our Fox River Day (IOFRD) is the largest watershed event that demonstrates a unified effort for caring for our Fox River.

Without interruption the Fox River serves over one million watershed residents every day. It carries the wastewater and stormwater from over 100 communities, and provides drinking water for over 300,000 residents. It also provides habitat for a diversity of plants and animals and is an exceptional resource for boaters, paddlers, anglers, and photographers. All the while, the Fox River brings economic value through its aesthetic appeal to every riverfront community. 

IOFRD is pronounced “I offered”. The day is intended to be both an individual and collective event that offers a thank you to the Fox River. The concept originated as a 200-mile cleanup to symbolize the need for a unified approach to protect and restore a watershed. IOFRD has evolved to include celebrations of municipal proclamation signing, shoreline yoga, flower blessing ceremony, art & music making, paddling parties, and the standard trash removal. It is intended to grow awareness throughout the entire watershed for the need to work collaboratively to protect and restore the health of the Fox River. It is also an opportunity for residents to be able to say, “I offered” thanks to my Fox River.

Friends of the Fox River (FOTFR) invites you and your affiliates to develop an event for IOFRD. Then as a host, please register your event. Your registration will enable watershed-wide advertisement and organization of all of the collective events. FOTFR will help hosts plan and implement their event.

Contact FOTFR @ info@friendsofthefoxriver.org or at 815.385.6605 for questions and assistance with event planning.

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Managing a resource that crosses a state line and several municipal borders is a huge challenge. FOTFR’s founder, Pat Reese called for a unified effort for watershed management in 1988. It’s Our Fox River Day is a step in that dire

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