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Local Partner Projects

 
 

Shedd Aquarium: Kayak for Conservation

We've teamed up with Shedd Aquarium to install and nurture a floating habita alongside our existing floating gardens. Shedd's River Island features more than 15 aquatic, wetland and terrestrial plant species to provide food and shelter to local wildlife. It covers over 260 square feet, and is a valuable addition to our overall Wild Mile park. If you'd like to paddle the Chicago River and monitor wildlife with Shedd conservation experts, click here.

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District  MWRD has partnered with us to conduct a 4-year study to measure the effects of our floating habitat on the populations and health of local fish species. They utilize electrofishing techniques to gather fish and benthic organism samples, multiple times per year.

 

University Research

We partner with universities and students to assist in research projects. Here's a sampling of some current and completed research.

DePaul University

MBA students are working on a specific business problem, which they will present solutions for in June. 

Northeastern Illinois University

Collecting periphyton and performing mesocosm experiments at the Chicago Botanic Garden, to better understand the effects of our floating habitat on the river ecosystem.

Northwestern University

Monitoring the wildlife interactions occurring in and around the root systems of the native plants on the floating habitat.

 

University of Illinois

Monitoring the wildlife interactions occurring in and around the root systems of the native plants on the floating habitat.

University of Chicago

Students from the Horticulture Club are building and monitoring habi-hacking devices, designed to maximize the biodiversity on our floating habitat. 

University of Illinois

Co-founder of Urban Rivers, Joshua Yellin, installed 50 square feet of floating gardens in the Chicago River in June of 2013, which served as the basis for his Master’s research study that monitored urban fish populations. Results indicated a nearly 100% increase in the fish abundance in the river immediately surrounding the floating gardens when compared to traditional docks. 

 

Submit Research Proposal

Want to collaborate with us on an academic project? We're always eager to partner up for new research proposals. We've done projects with PhD students, local organizations, Master's theses, and even undergrad business students.

 
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