Though the city of Chicago was built from a swamp, wetland remnants remain only in its most remote corners. Hegewisch Marsh is a prime example of a hemi-marsh, a mix of open water and stands of vegetation. A solar-powered pump could revive this refuge for rare birds and frogs.
At first sniff, a place like the Calumet River seems far from being a clean water zone. But on Monday Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced a quarter billion dollars in funds for clean water and infrastructure in the Chicago area, and much of it will go towards slowing the flow of sewer water into Chicago's rivers.
After months of back and forth, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has approved Illinois' new water quality standards for several Chicago area waterways. For more than a year, the EPA has encouraged Illinois to make the Chicago and Calumet Rivers clean enough to swim in.Former Mayor R