The water flows across our land in measured, winding turns.
It meanders through dense forest of oak, maple, and walnut trees. It has for centuries. The waters approach urban islands in a sea of farmland only to be held back behind a dam until released to flow freely once again. Through prairie and farms, past cities and towns, taking with it a part of us. Our soil.
That sense of wilderness and joy.
Adventure and the unknown.
That feeling when you fall in love with a place. It becomes part of you, and you want to protect it.
The rivers of Illinois. The Des Plaines, Embarras, and Mississippi. The Rock, Cache, and Sangamon. The Middle Fork of the Vermilion, Illinois’ only Wild and Scenic River. These are the waterways you love, and that’s why we work to defend them. It is time to keep these waters and all Illinois rivers safe.
#GivingTuesday is a day for everyone, everywhere, to give. It’s about giving back. You can give your time, your voice, and your dollars to help protect the waters you love.
Prairie Rivers Network got its start 50 years ago when Patricia Hannon learned that the river and park she loved were threatened. She and Bruce, her husband, and countless others gave so that others could enjoy the Sangamon River and Allerton Park in Monticello. They stopped a dam and started a movement.
Look for part two of the #GivingTuesday series next week!