The Grand Calumet River is not exactly a place where residents go fishing, swimming, kayaking, or picnicking. Buildings were designed long ago to have their backs to the river, and most citizens are not even aware that a river runs through their community. Despite all of these setbacks, a group of local residents have steadily advocated for the river to be cleaned and its habitat restored. For decades, they operated as the Grand Calumet Task Force and performed outreach with their congressional representatives, local officials, and neighbors to bring attention to the river. Locals have since partnered with agencies and helped bring about the cleanup and restoration of approximately 10 miles of river.
Public Meeting and Event Highlights
May 31, 2016 presentation to Pulaski Park Neighborhood Association, Hammond
October 28, 2015 public meeting at Jean Shepherd Center, Hammond
June 25, 2015 public meeting at East Chicago Library
July 23, 2013 public meeting at East Chicago Public Library
January 18, 2012 public meeting at Knights of Columbus, East Chicago
Request a Presentation or Outreach Event
Are you a member of an organization that has a stake in the Grand Calumet River cleanup? Contact Caitie to partner with our outreach team, request a presentation, or to set up an outreach event.
How You Can Help
- Discourage friends from littering in community areas.
- Make sure your trash bin lids are secure.
- Volunteer with an environmental organization.
- Attend public meetings and share information about the cleanup and restoration work with friends.
The gallery below provides some examples of community activities from the Grand Calumet River cleanup.
Contact Caitie or the U.S. EPA project manager Diana Mally (312-886-7275) to provide input on the project or ask questions.
Learn more about community involvement opportunities and other projects along the Grand Calumet River.