Kristin Delaney, family and friends cleanup in S. Elgin

It WAS Our Fox River Day!

By Gary Mechanic, Executive Director The 1st It’s Our Fox River Day was a successful start for an annual event despite some awful weather for a cleanup. More than 150 volunteers braved the winds, cloudy skies, and rain to pick up trash. For the first time in history, local organizers ran cleanups at eleven sites … Read more

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The Fox River’s Gift List

By Gary Swick, President  Many years ago I was given a wood carving from an anonymous source. The accompanying note read: “This is the River Spirit. It only speaks to children and a few select adults. You are one of those.“ So I was sitting by the Fox River wondering what it has on its … Read more

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Love Our River Days

by Gary Mechanic, Executive Director The Fox River has come a long way from the days when it was the most used and abused river in Illinois. An 1908 monograph describes the Fox River: “… the tributaries often bring large amounts of sediment, and various manufactories along the river discharge a large amount of refuse … Read more

River Clean Up

Volunteer extraordinaire Jennifer Grommes will lead paddlers from Leroy Oaks Forest Preserve to Ferson Creek Forest Preserve Our thanks to The Village Squire for providing the refreshments. Dress for the weather, bring sunscreen, your water bottle, wear a hat, wear waterproof shoes, bring old grocery bags. We have grabbers (for reaching & picking up stuff), … Read more

Team Jennifer

River Clean Up – Route 20 to South Elgin

Volunteer extraordinaire Jennifer Grommes leads this canoe/kayak cleanup. The starting point would be right at the DMV in Elgin on 31. There are baseball fields (Continental) there and there is a boat launch. Should be plenty of parking for everyone interested in attending. Our thanks to The Village Squire for providing the refreshments. Dress for the … Read more