Millenium Reserve Initiative, Illinois

Conservation Action:
This project is part of the President’s Great Outdoors Initiative. The project seeks to transform the Calumet region of Chicago into a one-of-a kind open space destination. The environment will be improved by restoring 6000 acres of natural areas within the 140,000 acre project area, including 18,554 acres of wetlands and several lakes adjacent to and upstream of Lake Michigan, as well as Lake Michigan lakeshore. This project is currently the largest open space project in the country.

Project Partners: (Federal)

National Park Service
Office of Congressman Mike Quigley
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Department of Agriculture ??? Natural Resources Conservation Service
U.S. Department of Interior
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Forest Service

(State)
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Illinois International Port District
Office of Governor Pat Quinn
Office of Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon

(City)
Chicago Park District
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development
Chicago Department of Transportation
Chicago Public Building Commission
City of Blue Island

(County)
Cook County Bureau of Economic Development
Cook County Department of Environmental Control
Forest Preserve District of Cook County

(Regional)
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

(Non-Governmental Organizations)
Active Transportation Alliance
Alliance for the Great Lakes
Arcelor Mittal
Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative
Black Metropolis Convention and Tourism Council
Black Metropolis National Heritage Area Commission
Blacks in Green
Bronzeville Historical Society
Calumet Area Industrial Council
Calumet Ecological Park Association
Calumet is My Backyard
Canal Corridor Association
Cardno Entrix
Center for Neighborhood Technology
Chicago Audubon Society
Chicago Community Trust
Chicago Legal Clinic
Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives
Chicago Wilderness
Conservation Design Forum
Delta Institute
Environmental Law and Policy Center
Field Museum
Friends of the Chicago River
Friends of the Forest Preserves
Friends of the Parks
Futurity, Inc.
Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation
Geosyntec Consultants
Holcim US Inc.
Karner Blue
Lake Calumet Vision Committee
Metropolitan Planning Council
Migratory Bird Alliance
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
National Parks Conservation Association
Natural Resources Defense Council
OAI Chicago Southland
Openlands
Pullman Civic Organization
Rowing Group
Sierra Club - Chicago Chapter
SmithGroupJJR
South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association
Southeast Chicago Historical Society
Southeast Environmental Task Force
Stantec Consulting
Studio Gang
Tetra Tech
The Dobbins Group, Inc.
The Nature Conservancy
The Trust for the Public Land
The Wetlands Initiative
Trails for Illinois
V3 Companies
Weaver Boos Consulting
WRD Environmental
Indiana Partners
Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative
Dunes Learning Center
Hammond Parks Foundation, Inc
Legal Environmental Aid Foundation of Indiana, Inc.
Northwest Indiana Paddling Association
Save the Dunes Conservation Fund
Taltree Arboretum and Gardens
Shirley Heinze Land Trust
United Urban Network, Inc.
Wild Ones Chapter 38
Wildlife Habitat Council

2013 Waters to Watch