“Great Rivers Chicago” is an initiative led by the City of Chicago in partnership with the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), Friends of the Chicago River and others to create a long-term vision for the Calumet, Chicago and Des Plaines rivers and riverfronts. From improved shipping to better water quality to more waterfront dining options and canoe launches, the group is scouring existing plans and reaching out to business owners, community leaders and people like you to create a coordinated vision for our rivers’ future. At a May 19, 2016 Environmental Committee breakfast meeting, Josh Ellis, the Program Director at the MPC who is leading this part of the information gathering phase, met with CAIC members to hear input from the Calumet Area industrial community as the proposed vision and action agenda are developed. Meeting attendees also watched a short video produced by the Calumet Heritage Partnership (CHP), which has initiated a feasibility study to create a National Heritage Area (NHA) in the area anchored by the Dunes (east) and the Pullman National Monument (west). According to the National Park Service, NHAs are regions “designated by Congress as places where natural, cultural, and historic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally important landscape”.