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All wet in northern Illinois: ``It's Our River Day''

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From rain barrel art at Navy Pier to a moonlight paddle on the Chicago River to a Fishin' Buddies! event at Tampier, there are events far and wide for ``It's Our River Day'' on Saturday. I think I will put in some time with my kids on the Kankakee and Iroquois cleanup.

First is the IDNR release on Chicago-area events, and below that is the more general release for northern Illinois:

"It's Our River Day" Comes to Navy Pier

Rain Barrels will be on sale at the "Art on a Rain Barrel" Event

CHICAGO - For the 5th consecutive year, Illinois is celebrating "It's Our River Day", an event highlighting Illinois' rivers and water conservation. As part of the celebration, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is inviting the public to participate in the "Art on a Rain Barrel" event at Navy Pier on Saturday, September 19 from 8 a.m. to 1p.m.

More than 50 teams of children from around the state will be on hand to paint rain barrels and learn about the importance of water conservation. The public is invited to come out and support the children while enjoying many other activities, including the chance to purchase a rain barrel. Sales from the rain barrels will help cover the costs of the event.

"It's Our River Day combines two core missions of the Department of Natural Resources - getting youth involved in the outdoors and responsible stewardship of our natural resources," said IDNR Director Marc Miller. "We have added an extra incentive to encourage more families to get outdoors this year, by offering free fishing within our state parks and natural areas on September 19."

For more information on other "It's Our River Day" events around the state, log on to www.cleanwaterillinois.org For a list of state parks and natural areas visit the IDNR website at www.dnr.state.il.us.

The following is a list of events being held in the Chicago area for "It's Our River Day".

Work Day at Edgebrook Woods in Chicago
6100 N Central Ave
Chicago, IL 60646
Community: Chicago
Type of Event: Conservation
Time: 6:30-8 PM
Location: Edgebrook Woods
Date: 9/19/2009
Fee: Free
Event Description: Join Friends and local naturalist and bird expert Margaret Gadzacka for this early evening event at Edgebrook Woods. We will start with a brief lesson about the Chicago River and local bird populations followed by a lesson on how to identify local birds. After our lesson, we will spend the evening scouting through Edgebrook Woods trying to identify birds that come out after dusk. It should be a great trip for the whole family. We will have a very limited supply of binoculars available so, if you have some, bring your own. Please join us for this amazing evening along the North Branch of the Chicago River.
Website: www.chicagoriver.org
Contact for More Information: 312-939-0490 x 13, Cynthia Fox
Sponsors: Friends of the Chicago River

North Branch Moonlight Canoe
3400 North Rockwell
Chicago, IL 60618
Community: Chicago
Type of Event: Recreation and Education
Time: 5 - 9 PM
Date: 9/13/2009
Fee: $50 per person, kids $20 with adults, includes canoe, dinner, and tour
Event Description: Come out for an evening of paddling in the quiet moonlight; enjoy the finest natural scenery and wildlife of the North Branch of the Chicago River. A riverine tour will be given by Ryan Chew of Chicago River Canoe and Kayak, followed by a delicious catered dinner by SemiRamis. Rain or Shine - if weather is unsafe for canoeing, dinner will be held in the historic main hall of Revere Park - 2509 W Irving Park.
Website: www.clarkpark.net
Contact for More Information: William Donahue, donah150@aol.com or 773-972-3977
Sponsors: Clark Park Advisory Council, Chicago River Canoe and Kayak, Chicago Park District, Roscoe Village Neighbors, REI Inc., CAMbr West, Friends of the Parks, DeVry University, Friends of the Chicago River, and Ald Eugene Schulter

ENTICE: Illinois' Aquatic Resources Workshop for Teachers
2430 N Cannon Dr
Chicago, IL 60614
Community: Chicago but open to educators statewide
Type of Event: Education
Time: 9 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Date: 9/19/2009
Fee: $10
Event Description: Explore the components of freshwater environments in this workshop targeted to educators of grades 4-8. We'll learn about relationships among aquatic organisms and about the physical factors that affect them. Receive tips on species identification. Weather permitting; we'll sample an aquatic habitat. Experience several aquatic activities from the numerous supplemental educational items provided. Continuing Professional Development Units are available.
Website: www.enticeworkshops.com
Contact for More Information: Valerie Keener, dnr.teachkids@illinois.gov
Sponsors: Illinois Dept of Natural Resources

Art on a Rain Barrel - Rain Barrel Sale
600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
Community: Chicago - Statewide
Type of Event: Education
Time: 8 AM - 1 PM
Location: Navy Pier, Gateway Park
Date: 9/19/2009
Fee: Prices for rain barrels vary
Event Description: Join us at Navy Pier as 50 teams of kids from around the state paint rain barrels and learn about water conservation at the Art on a Rain Barrel challenge. Information on Chicago's water resources will be available and rain barrels will be sold at the event to cover costs.
Website: http://www.chicagobotanic.org/calendar/rainbarrel.php
Contact for More Information: Treenen Sturman, tsturman@chicagobotanic.org
Sponsors: Chicago Botanic Garden, The Office of Governor Quinn, Navy Pier, and Upcycle Products

Fishin' Buddies 17th Annual Youth Fishing Derby
131 & Wolf Rd
Palos Park, IL 60464
Community: Chicago
Type of Event: Recreation and Education
Time: 10 AM - 2 PM
Location: Tampier Lake
Date: 9/19/2009
Fee: Free for kids ages 6-15
Event Description: 17th annual youth fishing derby. Register at www.fishin-buddies.net or call 773-253-2598
Website: www.fishin-buddies.net
Contact for More Information: 773-253-2598
Sponsors: IDNR and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County

Free book with admission to the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum
376 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60601
Community: Chicago
Type of Event: Recreation and Education
Time: 10 AM - 5 PM
Location: McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum
Date: 9/19/2009
Fee: Free book ($9 value) with museum admission. Regular admission is $3; museum admission during bridge lift is $10
Event Description: Friends of the Chicago River will give away free copies of "The Chicago River From Your Window: An Illustrated River Watcher's Guide" to all guests who visit Friends' McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum on Sept 19th.
Website: www.bridgehousemuseum.org
Contact for More Information: 312-977-0227
Sponsors: Friends of the Chicago River

Powderhorn Prairie Volunteer Stewardship Workday
Brainard Ave. & Burnham Ave.
Chicago, IL 60601
Community: Chicago
Type of Event: Conservation
Time: 9 AM - NOON
Location: Powderhorn Lake Parking Lot
Date: 9/19/2009
Fee: Free
Event Description: Volunteers will help this high quality prairie thrive by removing invasive brush that is choking out the native plants and degrading wildlife habitat. Brush is removed using loppers and hand saws. All tools and supplies are provided, no experience is necessary.
Contact for More Information: Alice Brandon, alice@fotfp.org, 312-356-9990
Sponsors: Friends of the Forest Preserves, Forest Preserve District of Cook County

Here's the IDNR release on the general events across northern Illinois:

"It's Our River Day" Comes to Northern Illinois
12 education and recreation events scheduled throughout Northern Illinois, including free fishing at state parks

SPRINGFIELD - For the 5th consecutive year, Illinois is celebrating a very popular natural resource that flows through it's boarders in every direction. Governor Pat Quinn and The Illinois Department of Natural Resources are inviting the public to participate in the 5th annual "It's Our River Day" on Saturday September 19th.

Events involving river clean up, education and recreation will take place at over 50 locations through out the state and public participation is encouraged. For a list of events and details visit www.cleanwaterillinois.org.

"Rivers are too important to take for granted and that's what It's Our River Day is all about. It's about celebrating the wonderful river system we have here in the land of Lincoln and how diverse our rivers are to everyone," said Governor Quinn.

In addition, IDNR will allow free fishing within state parks through out Illinois on September 19th in conjunction with "It's Our River Day" activities. For a list of state parks visit the IDNR website at www.dnr.state.il.us.

It's Our River Day is observed each year on the third Saturday in September, with the goal of increasing awareness and appreciation of the Prairie State's waterways. It was created by the Illinois River Coordinating Council (IRCC) which Governor Quinn has chaired since 1997.

"I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with Governor Quinn over the years through our service on the Illinois River Coordinating Council," said Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller. "I salute the Governor for his advocacy over the years in pushing all of us to keep working to improve the quality of Illinois rivers throughout the state."

The following is a list of events being held in Northern Illinois for "It's Our River Day".

Flint Creek Watershed Partnership
235 Lions Dr
Barrington, IL 60010
Community: Barrington
Type of Event: Education
Time: 9 AM - NOON
Location: Barrington Park District, Langendorf Park
Date: 9/19/2009
Fee: Free
Event Description: Activities, displays and presentations celebrating Flint Creek Watershed Partnership and It's Our River Day including rain gardens, rain barrel drawing, landscaping with native plants, native seeds, pelts, live reptiles and amphibians, fish seining, water quality monitoring and macro invertebrates, discovery walk, food and face painting
Website: www.flintcreekwatershed.org
Contact for More Information: information@flintcreekwatershed.org
Sponsors: Flint Creek Watershed Partnership, Barrington Area Conservation Trust, Barrington Park District, Citizens for Conservation, Leave No Child Inside Consortium/Vehe Farm Foundation/Girl Scouts Sybaquay Council, PFGBEST and PFG Green Energy, Wildlife Discovery Center

RiverSweep
Barrington, IL 60010
Community: Barrington
Type of Event: Conservation
Website: www.friendsoftheillinoisriver.org
Contact for More Information: Patsy Mortimer 847-381-8663 pmortimer@earthlink.net

Book Display Promotion
85 N Garfield St
Coal City, IL 60416
Community: Coal City
Type of Event: Education
Time: All Day
Location: Coal City Public Library
Date: 9/19/2009
Fee: Free
Event Description: We will display books for check out to the public
Contact for More Information: Karla Welch, 815-634-4552 x 113

20th Annual Autumn on the Prairie
8772 S Lowden Rd
Franklin Grove, Il 61031
Community: Middle Rock River
Type of Event: Recreation, Education and Conservation
Time: 10 AM - 5 PM
Date: 9/19/2009
Fee: Free
Event Description: Guided tours of prairie and savannas, educational exhibits, self-guided plant tours. Ride through the prairie on a horse-drawn wagon. Activities include live music, local artists at work, and a children's tent. This free event is open to the public, donations are appreciated. Lunch and refreshments will be available for purchase. There is no rain date.
Website: www.nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/states/illinois/events/events5369.html or www.nachusagrasslands.org/AOTP/AOTP.html
Contact for More Information: Bill Kleiman or Cody Considine 815-456-2340

RiverSweep
Lemont, IL 60439
Community: Lemont - Des Paines River
Type of Event: Conservation
Website: www.friendsoftheillinoisriver.org
Contact for More Information: Sue Murphy (630) 257-2821 smurphy1146@sbcglobal.net

CPR on the DPR
32377 N IL Rt 21
Libertyville, IL 60601
Community: Chicago - Des Plaines River
Type of Event: Conservation
Time: 8 AM - NOON
Location: Pavilion in back of the Serbian National Cemetery
Date: 9/19/2009
Fee: Free
Event Description: Volunteer clean up of the Des Plaines River shoreline; also an educational presentation will be made. Volunteers from Warren Township, Libertyville and Grayslake North high schools. Liberty Prairie Conservancy, HSBC, and Volunteer Water Trail Keepers, as well as members of the public are expected to participate
Website: www.friendsoftheillinoisriver.org
Contact for More Information: Dean Parker (312) 704-3000 DParker@hinshawlaw.com
Sponsors: Hinshay & Culbertson LLP, Lake County Stormwater Management Commisssion, AT&T Pioneers

Day of Service - Chicago River
1025 Riverwoods Rd
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Community: Village of Lincolnshire
Type of Event: Conservation
Time: 9 AM - NOON
Date: 9/26/2009
Fee: Free
Event Description: We are hosting a clean-up and restoration event along and Chicago River. Participants will pick up debris, log jams, resurface paths, remove invasives and have a great time.
Website: www.village.lincolnshire.il.us
Contact for More Information: Lydia Scott, 847-883-8600
Sponsors: Village of Lincolnshire

Morris RiverSweep
401 Ottawa St.
Morris, IL 60450
Community: Morris
Type of Event: Conservation
Time: 8 AM - NOON
Location: Stratton State Park
Date: 9/19/2009
Fee: Free
Contact for More Information: Mary Lee Howard, 815-942-5478 or mhoward4030@sbcglobal.net

Ottawa RiverSweep
Courtney St & Spring St
Ottawa, IL 61350
Community: Ottawa
Type of Event: Conservation
Time: 10 AM - 2 PM
Location: Allen Park, Illinois River
Date: 9/19/2009
Fee: Free
Contact for More Information: Katie Troccoli, 815-228-2058

Tours of Starved Rock Lock and Dam
950 N 27th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350
Community: Utica
Type of Event: Recreation, Education and Conservation
Time: 10 AM - 4 PM
Location: The Illinois Waterway Visitor Center at Starved Rock Locak and Dam
Date: 9/19/2009
Fee: Free
Event Description: Tours will start at 10 AM and leave every half hour with 4 PM being the last tour. Each tour will last about 45 minutes. This is the only day each year that public tours are given of the lock and dam. Some of the sights on the tour will be boats of all sizes locking through the lock; the giant gates of the dam hold back the pool water; hydroelectric plant area; the silver carp, the gar fishes and the soft-shell turtles; the herons, cormorants, swallows and possibly a bald eagle.
Contact for More Information: kathy.l.higdon@usace.army.mil or 815-677-4054
Sponsors: US Army Corps of Engineers, Illinois Waterway Visitor Center

River Games
1970 N 2753 Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350
Community: Ottawa
Type of Event: Recreation
Time: 10 AM - 4 PM, wakeboard lessons. 6 PM, wakeboarding demonstration. 7 PM entertainment at Crawdad's Bar & Grill
Location: Heritage Harbor Marina
Date: 9/19/2009
Fee: Free
Website: www.heritageharborottawa.com
Contact for More Information: Ann at 814-431-8236
Sponsors: Chicago MasterCraft, Quest Watersports, Heritage Harbor Ottawa

RiverSweep
Peru, IL 61354
Community: Peru
Type of Event: Conservation
Website: www.friendsoftheillinoisriver.org
Contact for More Information: Amanda Glover (815) 224-1650 aglover@testinc.com

RiverSweepAlgonquin, IL
Community: Algonquin
Type of Event: Conservation
Time: 1pm-4pm
Event Description: The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County in partnership with The Village of Algonquin is sponsoring the second annual "It's Our River Day" celebration and clean-up. The event will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2009 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Cornish Park in Downtown Algonquin. The Prairie Coast Paddlers and the St. Charles Canoe Club will give canoe and kayak demonstrations from 3:00-4:00. And, live music will be provided.
Contact for more information: Cynthia Kanner 847-458-2728.


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