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
June 25, 2015 public meeting at East Chicago Library
How You Can Help
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.
The gallery below provides some examples of community involvement activities from the Grand Calumet River.
Contact Caitie or the U.S. EPA project manager Brenda Jones (312-886-7188) to provide input on the project or ask questions.
Learn more about community involvement opportunities and other projects along the Grand Calumet River.