The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District did an about-face Tuesday afternoon and voted to support disinfecting the 1.2 billion gallons of partially treated sewage it pumps into the Chicago River each day.The 8-1 vote ends years of opposing the move as too expensive. Only district president T
A state board took a major step today in the long-running debate over how clean the Chicago River should be, proposing to make the river safe enough to swim in.“I think this is a big turning point in the long, long battle to clean up the Chicago River,” said Jessica Dexter, staff attorney with the E
A federal and regional committee is laying out a plan to defend Chicago waterways and the Great Lakes from Asian carp.Hydroguns that shoot energy waves into water, underwater cameras that can show whether those guns actually killed carp, new barriers and traps for larvae and eggs--these are technolo
Among many areas of broad agreement on environmental issues, all the candidates for Chicago mayor have come out in favor of disinfecting wastewater that flows into local waterways. The region’s effluent is treated, but not disinfected to kill harmful germs.