The N.I.A.A. currently has a limited number of Adopt a River sites available.

The N.I.A.A. is seeking request for application for the ADOPT-A-RIVER program in cooperation with the Illinois Deptartment of Natural Resources C-2000 program.

If your organization,group,business or agency would like to be a part of the Adopt-a River program, simply contact the N.I,A,A. by writing to...

Sam Thomas
P.O.Box 188
Bourbonnais, Il 60914.

You can e-mail Sam at Or call Sam at 815-939-2675

Adopt-a-river is similar to the adopt a highway program and there is no cost for application.

Adopting organizations will receive signage along the river for the section adopted.

Two clean ups per year are required.

Sections vary in size from 1-4 miles based on clean up difficulty.

Complete details will be sent with your application.


Adopters, as in years past you have two cleanups: one in the spring and one on September 16th. If anything is needed please call or email me and supplies will be ready for pick up or delivered if needed to your organization.

Please check your adopter signs, Winter and high water are a problem each year. If any signs are damaged, we need to know for repair or replacement. I want to thank all for doing your part in the continuous efforts to keep (what others seem to not care about) the river and its tributaries clean. Again remember if you need anything please ask.

Garbage bags are always available. Sam and Barb T (Call or email)

(815) 953-8822 (Barb) or (815) 953-1372 (Sam) ---
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