History of Friends of Chicago River, by Jerome Eberle

Jerome Eberle possesses strong ties to the Chicago community. A graduate of North Park University, Mr. Eberle also earned an editing certificate from the Graham School of General Studies at the University of Chicago. He has held various jobs in the city and is an active member of the community. Jerome Eberle also donates to charitable organizations aimed at the betterment of the city, such as Friends of Chicago River.

The organization is dedicated to the health of the Chicago River. It works to ensure that ecological effects remain minimal and to promote the river’s health as a catalyst for community revitalization. Friends of the Chicago River was founded in 1979 to address the rampant pollution prevalent in its water. Over the course of the city’s history, population growth has severely impacted the river. At the turn of the 20th century, residential sewage and industrial waste, which poured into the river, was thought to contribute to cholera and typhoid outbreaks. The smell was nearly unbearable in some areas. Recent studies have also examined the impact pollution has had on the native fish species. Friends of the Chicago River aims to help in the river’s revitalization and increase public access points along its banks.