SPRINGFIELD – Tons of trash and debris are dumped annually into Illinois rivers, negatively impacting wildlife and damaging both the aesthetic and biological qualities of the rivers. State Senator Julie Morrison passed a resolution to name September 2024 as River Clean Up Month to encourage Illinoisans to promote clean-up efforts across the state. 

“Illinois contains more miles of rivers than any other state east of the Mississippi River,” said Morrison (D-Lake Forest). “It is imperative that we keep our rivers clean not only for the ecosystem, but also so we can continue to enjoy the many activities the rivers provide.”

This resolution calls on chambers of commerce, area group and associations, local schools and colleges to organize and coordinate local clean-up activities along portions of rivers and waterways in their area.

“Rivers and water ways are extremely important in Illinois,” said Morrison. “With this resolution, we are honoring that importance and focusing on keeping our environment clean.”

Senate Resolution 702 was adopted by the Senate Saturday.