Pharmaceutical products routinely enter the ecosystem, altering the behavior of fish and tainting the drinking water supplies of 40 million Americans. To help cut back on that contamination, The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) is participating in a national drug “take-back” event, inviting Chicagoans to anonymously dispose of their unused and unwanted medication.
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
Candidates for next year's Cook County elections made their pitches Thursday for why they deserve the support of the Democratic Party.The three minute speeches candidates gave may or may not have actually mattered in the final vote.
On Tuesday, the board of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District board agreed to disinfect sewage from two Chicago-area treatment plants. Their 8-1 vote is the latest move in a long debate over the cleanliness of the Chicago River, one that has grown to involve state and federal authorities.