Befriending a river
When you use a river for recreation, you get to know the river. The relationship you have with the river helps you see how you can befriend the river. In the last decade, many volunteers have actively been addressing the water quality of the Big Bureau Creek and the Illinois River.
Many groups have been learning more about riparian habitats on the stream banks and shores of the river. Clean-up efforts to remove trash from the creeks and rivers have succeeded well, thanks to volunteers young and old. Wherever you live and work and play, you have a responsibility to befriend a river – to keep it free from debris, sediment and pollutants.
The river water is recharged by rainfall (and snowmelt) from surface water that runs off and from stored groundwater recharged by rainfall that infiltrates the ground beneath the surface. What you put on the ground or inject into the ground has the potential for affecting river water quality.
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