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InIllinoisWater.org is a project of the Environmental Law & Policy Center that celebrates the value of Illinois’ waterways and seeks solutions for the water pollution issues affecting Illinois residents. By sharing stories of how water quality affects people across the state, we hope to demonstrate the critical role clean water plays in our daily lives and build support for the policies and practices that will improve water quality in Illinois.

This project is supported by the important work of ELPC's colleague organizations and outdoor recreation businesses working to create cleaner water and a better future for Illinois.

Special Thanks to the Following People and Organizations Who Helped Make this Website Possible:

Full Circle Foundation provided support for the creation of this website. Full Circle provides funding for educational opportunities, environmental causes, health and welfare issues, and housing and homelessness causes.

Kari Lydersen is a Chicago-based reporter, author and journalism instructor who writes about the environment, energy, labor and other issues for local and national publications. She also teaches environmental journalism to youth from marginalized communities through We the People Media and Michigan State University. www.karilydersen.com

Marianne Morgan is a Chicago-based photographer and a native of Central Illinois. She previously worked as a Photojournalist and Photo Editor for Sun-Times Media. She is now pursuing a career in environmental policy.


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About ELPC

The Environmental Law & Policy Center is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization. We develop and lead successful strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business deal making with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of talented and experienced public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists, public policy advocates, and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our Midwestern communities.

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Our Other Water Websites

Care about water in other states? We are also proud to have stories and advocacy opportunities for Indiana, Iowa and Minnesota.