Friends of the Chicago River – Chicago River Museum

Friends of the Chicago River pic
Friends of the Chicago River
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Jerome Eberle has spent more than 15 years as a professional businessman, having served as an admissions counselor and then worked in the publishing industry for over a decade. Jerome Eberle has also contributed to several different publications, including writing reviews for Booklist Magazine, a journal dedicated to book reviews. In addition to his involvement with Catholic charities, he supports Friends of the Chicago River.

Friends of the Chicago River is an organization created in 1979 to help improve the quality and health of the Chicago River. By looking after the river system, the group helps to improve the quality of life for those that live, work, and play around the River. The efforts of Friends of the Chicago River impact the entire 156-mile span of the river and help to restore the habitats in and around the waterway.

Friends of the Chicago River works together with community groups and municipalities to benefit the river and keep the area prospering and ecologically sound. The Friends group has made a number of improvements along the river, including the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum, a landmark designed to celebrate the construction of Chicago’s movable bridges and provide tours of the historic bridgehouse.

Friends of the Chicago River Given Award by Lake County

Friends of the Chicago River pic
Friends of the Chicago River
Image: chicagoriver.org

Jerome Eberle was an editor for the adult books section for the American Library Association with Booklist Magazine. In this position, he assigned books to reviewers while receiving incoming ones. He also made sure everything met deadlines. Outside of his professional life, Jerome Eberle is involved with the Friends of the Chicago River.

The Friends of the Chicago River was honored in January 2017 for efforts to improve the river’s quality of water while restoring and bettering the Chicago River system. The Friends of the Chicago River was given the Education, Outreach and Media Award from the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission.

The executive director of the Friends of the Chicago River mentioned that getting the public interested in ways that storm water management can be improved and why they should try to find solutions was a crucial component of its public outreach. It also helps individuals understand how the river system works and affects all of those who depend on it. Conserving water and making sure that sewers do not overflow are other important part of the non-profit’s efforts.