The Environment Committee is focused on two long term projects, flooding solutions at the home and neighborhood levels and tree planting in parks and parkways. NRC supports park district advisory councils and enhancing green space for beauty and healthy communities.


NRC recommends rain barrels in an effort to curb flooding in our neighborhoods.

Rain barrels capture rainwater from your roof and save it for when you need it. By keeping this water out of the sewer system, they can help prevent sewer overflows and flooding. Disconnecting your downspouts and installing rain barrels will keep clean water out of the sewer system and provide you with a source of free water.

You can use your rain barrel water to wash your car, water your garden, water your lawn, or clean work boots and tools. Rain barrel water is naturally free of chlorine, lime, and calcium and some gardeners swear their plants prefer it. However, since rain barrel water is runoff from your roof, do not drink it.

If you have areas of unpaved, previous ground near your downspouts, rain barrels should work in your yard. Installing a rain barrel is easy and only requires a few tools. Once one is connected, just wait for rain and your barrel will be ready to use.

Ash Trees

Recent article about John Friedmann's work to save our Ash trees:

Horner Park's Ash Trees Are Thriving Thanks to Real-Life Lorax, Patty Wetli, DNAinfo

"IRVING PARK — In a tale of two parks, Horner Park's 65 ash trees recently received a clean bill of health while nearly 600 were chopped down in Humboldt Park, victims of the emerald ash borer.

In the case of Horner, 2741 W. Montrose Ave., a real-life Lorax was in its corner — John Friedmann, a real estate agent by profession and founder of the Save Your Ash coalition by vocation."

Recent News

North Branch of the Chicago River, dam removal
Friends of the Chicago River: “River Park Dam Removal a Milestone in Friends’ 18-Year Effort
WTTW: “Why Chicago is Tearing Down Its Last Waterfall” (with video)

Horner Park Riverbank Celebration, September 15, 2018
Friends of the Chicago River: Horner Park Restoration Celebration: One to Grow On

WTTWAdvocates Celebrate Opening of Restored Horner Park Riverfront

Current Launches New Chicago River Water Quality Monitoring Project
"Have you ever wished for an easy way to better understand water quality of the Chicago River before a day out on the water? Current’s new project aims to do just that by piloting innovative real-time sensors to inform the public about water quality in the Chicago River."

Unlocking the Potential of Chicago’s River System

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