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Illinois Rivers Appreciation Month

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June is designated the Illinois Rivers Appreciation Month and consists of several river-related events coordinated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. In 1985, the Iron Ores Marathon was launched by the Chicago River Aquatic Center and Friends of the Chicago River to raise awareness of river ecosystems and the benefits of rivers as natural, recreational, and community assets. The marathon began in Evanston and ended at the Columbus Bridge downtown with a best time of 1:56:50.


Friends of the Chicago River. (2018). Help Friends continue to improve the Chicago River. Retrieved July 11, 2020, from

Svob, M. (2007). Appendix 8. In Paddling illinois: 64 great trips by canoe and kayak. Madison, Wisc.: Trails Books. Retrieved July 11, 2020, from

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