Re-imagining urban rivers

Urban Rivers is a Chicago-based, environmental startup nonprofit organization (501(c)(3)), with two primary goals: improve the water quality of urban waterways and increase the natural habitat within their banks.

By accomplishing these goals, our experience, as well as scientific research, suggests the following will occur:

  • The local community will further engage with their river
    • Healthier, wilder and accessible rivers are simply more appealing
    • Our team has developed programming to educate children, provide local universities with one-of-a-kind research opportunities and involve community groups
  • The overall health and ecology of the river will improve
    • With cleaner water, more natural spaces and a more caring community, these critical urban wildlife corridors will significantly benefit native flora and fauna, as well as the communities built next to them
  • The local economy will be stimulated
    • As more people interact with their river, businesses and properties along the river, or that depend on the river through recreational opportunities (i.e. boating and fishing companies), will increase in value as customer traffic and property values increase
    • Urban greenery provides several measurable health benefits (mental and physical), reducing healthcare costs in communities