The rivers and streams of Illinois are ribbons of life, home to an amazing array of species: majestic bald eagles soaring over the Mississippi, river otters frolicking in the Illinois, fish spawning and rearing their young. And, of course, our own children fishing, splashing, and smiling. These are the true treasures found in our rivers.

Since our founding in 1967, Prairie Rivers Network has worked to protect the state’s most important natural areas. These are the places you visited as a child and the places your children and your grandchildren will visit today, tomorrow, and for generations to come.

We invite you to help protect clean water and healthy rivers for the people, fish, and wildlife of Illinois. Please become a member today—as a non-profit organization we rely on the generosity of caring people like you to safeguard our rivers and streams.

You can read more about the work we are doing to
protect healthy rivers and wildlife habitat in our priority areas displayed below:

Rivers & Wildlife Priorities

Asian Carp & Invasive Species

Asian Carp in Illinois

A century ago the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal was...

Habitat Restoration

Illinois is home to over 50,000 different species including 400 bird, 200 fish, and 60...

Monarch Butterflies & Pollinators

The iconic black and orange Monarch butterfly has long captured our imagination. Their unique annual migratory...

Outstanding Resource Waters

Outstanding Resource Waters are waterways where no new discharges of pollution are allowed. Authority for...