SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Janet Yang Rohr, D-Naperville, advanced legislation to raise awareness for waterway cleanup efforts, highlighting the need for immediate action to preserve Illinois’ natural resources.

“Cleaning up our state’s waterways is critical to combat climate change and preserve our rich natural habitats,” Yang Rohr said. “By designating September as Waterway Cleanup Month, we can highlight the numerous statewide efforts to beautify waterways in your own backyard.”

Yang Rohr’s House Bill 4130 designates September as Waterway Cleanup Month and is supported by Illinois People’s Action, Sierra Club Illinois and Prairie River Network. Yang Rohr’s legislation originated from student and educator-led efforts in her community to clean up local rivers. The legislation was approved by the House Energy & Environment Committee and passed the House Floor with bipartisan support.

“The pollution of our rivers, streams and lakes needs to be addressed if we want to tackle our public health challenges,” Yang Rohr said. “Polluted water can carry toxins, non biodegradable microplastics and other harmful chemicals downstream and into people’s bodies. There are cleanup efforts in every corner of our state. I hope this legislation encourages Illinois communities to rethink and revitalize the waterways near them.”

House Bill 4130 now heads to the Senate where it will be championed by chief-sponsor Senator Laura Ellman.

Rep. Janet Yang RohrRep. Janet Yang Rohr

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