Water is the basis for all life. And for Prairie Rivers Network, it is our passion, our service, our mission. Clean water is essential for drinking, growing food, washing, swimming, fishing, and supporting the incredible diversity of wildlife in Illinois. Our overwhelming – though often under-appreciated – dependence on clean water mandates its careful use and the steadfast protection of our rivers.

The things we do around our homes, communities, and workplaces have a direct impact on the quality of our rivers. There is no “away.” Everyone lives downstream of someone else. Everything that flows from your yard, business, or farm ultimately ends up in a nearby stream. Every day, sadly, thousands of pollutants find their way into Illinois lakes, streams, and rivers. But together, we are working to change that, to prevent pollution, and to keep our waters clean for the benefit of all life.

Prairie Rivers Network believes our waters should be drinkable, swimmable, and fishable. We invite you to help us protect our rivers and streams by becoming a member today. As a non-profit organization we rely on the generosity of caring people like you to safeguard our vital water resources.

You can read more about the work we are doing to
protect clean water in our priority areas displayed below:

Clean Water Priorities


When Clear Water Isn't Clean Water

Most people do not realize that...

Nutrient Pollution & Algae Blooms

Nutrients are good, right? Not always. Too much of a good thing can be very, very...

Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone

The Gulf of Mexico is over 500 miles south of Illinois, yet we are very...

Drinking Water

72% of drinking water in Illinois comes from surface water such as rivers, lakes, and...