Below is a press release issued by the Chicago Park District, calling upon all Chicago residents to protest the outrageous decision of Indiana regulators to allow BP’s Whiting Refinery to greatly increase the amount of ammonia and industrial sludge it dumps into Lake Michigan. The Park District is urging concerned residents to gather this Saturday and/or Sunday morning at several lakefront locations, including our own Loyola Park, 1230 W. Greenleaf, to sign a petition and volunteer to collect additional petition signatures.
I urge you to join this important campaign to “Save Our Lake.”
PARK DISTRICT CALLS UPON CHICAGOANS TO “SAVE OUR LAKE”
The Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago announced plans for a petition drive on local beaches to save the lakefront from industrial sludge. The Park District and the City are urging concerned citizens to sign a petition to “Save Our Lake.”
In addition, the Park District is asking for volunteers to come out to the 14 locations along the City of Chicago’s entire Lakefront this Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22 from 9am to 1pm to sign petitions and/or volunteer to get more signatures.
With the approved expansion of BP’s Whiting Refinery by way of state regulators circumventing environmental laws, a considerable amount of ammonia and industrial sludge will be polluting Lake Michigan, the very source of Chicago’s fresh water.
“The Chicago Park District works hard to manage our lakefront beaches and keep them clean for all Chicagoans and visitors to enjoy,” said Timothy J. Mitchell, Superintendent & CEO of the Chicago Park District. “Clean, fresh water is an essential human necessity that we require to sustain a healthy lifestyle. We are urging concerned citizens to help by signing this petition that helps preserve and protect this valued natural resource, so that future generations can use and enjoy its clean water.”
On Saturday and Sunday, July 21 & 22 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. , the Chicago Park District & City of Chicago will be staging a volunteer effort along the City of Chicago’s entire Lakefront to “Save Our Lake.” At 14 locations along the lakefront, concerned citizens can help by signing a petition or volunteering to recruit more signatures. The following is a list of 14 locations that will be staging the volunteer effort to “Save Our Lake”:
- Loyola Park, 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.
Foster Avenue Beach, 5200 North and the lake
Montrose Beach, 4400 North and the lake
North Avenue Beach, 1603 N. Lake Shore Drive
Oak Street Beach, 1000 North and the lake
Buckingham Fountain, Congress Parkway and Columbus Drive
Museum Campus (12th Street Beach)
31st Street Beach, 3100 South and the lake
57th Street/Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 South and the lake
63rd Street Beach, 6300 South and the lake
South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr.
Rainbow Beach, 3111 E. 77th St.
Calumet, 9801 S. Ave. G
For more information about how you can help “Save Our Lake” please call 312.742.4775 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.