River Revitalization

There is a new era emerging for the Fox River as former riverfront industrial sites become reclaimed for new uses.

In the 1900s, communities along the Fox River became known as the Paper Valley after they built the highest concentration of paper mills in the world. Today, concern about pollution and groundwater contamination have led to major clean-up efforts and a new appreciation of its surroundings.

As technology advances and industry changes, many former mills and industrial sites are becoming obsolete. This provides a unique opportunity for communities to cure obsolescence and bring these areas back to life at the same time.