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 J.R. Black 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 J.R. Black 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.


The Adopt-A-River Program, sponsored by the Northern Illinois Anglers Association, has been named the J.R. Black Adopt-A-River Program.

J.R. was the founder of this ongoing program which allows local organizations and individuals to "adopt" a portion of the river to keep it clean for others, removing trash from its banks at least twice each year.

To mark the occasion, J.R. was presented with a plaque stating, "In recognition of decades of commitment to the preservation of the Kankakee River, the Adopt-A-River Program will, from this day forward, be known as the J.R. Black Adopt-A-River Program. Thank you J.R. Due to your efforts with Adopt-A-River, Kids' Fishing Day, River Clean-up Day, Kankakee River Fishing Derby and many other activities, you have made the Kankakee River a source of enjoyment for thousands of people, now and for future generations."

J.R. is past-president and long-time Executive Director of the Northern Illinois Anglers Association.

  • Chairman J.R. Black
  • Bradley-Bourbonnais Sportman Club
  • Bourbonnais Twp. Park District
  • Vandrunen Farms
  • Momence Park District
  • Kankakee Ducks Unlimited
  • Illinois Smallmouth Alliance
  • Aqua Illinois
  • Amlin Residential Services
  • Kankakee Valley Whitetails
  • Reed's Canoe Trips
  • Kankakee River Conservancy
  • Kankakee Valley Park District
  • Aroma Park American Legion
  • Northern Illinois Anglers Association
  • Riverside Resolve Center
  • Beecher High School
  • Village of Beecher
  • Momence Anchor Club
  • Kankakee Sportsman Club
  • N.W.T. Federation
  • Kankakee Forest Preserve
  • Aroma Park Boating Association
  • Edmonson & Rattin Families