Entries from Down Chicago’s Drain tagged with 'water'

Challenges of the Chicago River

In an interesting article in OnEarth magazine, Matthew Power summarizes the challenges facing the future of the Chicago River and the city of Chicago. From the massive project to complete the Deep Tunnel, to the push to clean the wastewater...

Midwinter Drought Relief

Metropolitan Planning Council newsletter writes about the challenges of planning for Chicago's water infrastructure in a world of erratic climate. The big storms of the past few days have alleviated the ongoing drought somewhat, but the wild swings between warmth...

Lake Michigan's Drain

WBEZ reports on a recent press conference by the Army Corps of Engineers predicting that if the current Midwestern drought continues long enough, Lake Michigan water levels will fall below the gradient of the Chicago River, effectively re-reversing the river...

America's Most Endangered Rivers

Today American Rivers released its annual list of 10 most endangered rivers in America. For the last 26 years the environmental advocacy group has compiled a list to raise awareness of rivers which can be improved by public support. Last...

Chicago River Swimmers

Good news for future swimmers of the Chicago River: the EPA has declared that Illinois must now make the river clean enough to be swimmable. The Chicago River was once a heavily industrialized waterway, but nowadays the prime source of...

Recreation on the River

Will the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District finally be forced to clean up the Chicago River? According to a recent Chicago Tribune article, a meeting earlier this month by the Illinois Pollution Control Board changed the official designation of areas...

Swimming in the Chicago River

The Chicago Tribune reports today on a surprise letter sent to the state of Illinois, the EPA and Obama administration recommended that the Chicago River be made clean enough for swimming. Environmental groups have long argued that water from...

Elections Nobody Cares About

The Chicago Reader talks to some of the candidates for the board of the Water Reclamation District in the 2010 primary election. As the article points out, what was once an position nobody paid attention to is slowly getting more...

Why a Dirty River is Green

As reported in today's Tribune, the Water Reclamation District just completed a study which concludes that fully cleaning the wastewater from the city's sewage plants would increase their carbon footprint and therefore be bad for the environment. So the...

Carp in Court

A Washington Post article details the lawsuit filed by the State of Michigan against Illinois to close off the water connection of the Chicago and Calumet Rivers to Lake Michigan. The lawsuit also challenges Chicago's exemption from the Great Lakes...

Water Pollution

Read Toxic Waters a great series of articles in the New York Times about water pollution in America. The most recent article is about how pollutants cleaned from coal-fired power plants ends up in local waterways....

Don't Eat the Fish

Yet another study has found pharmaceuticals in the tissues of fish caught in the Chicago River near the outlet of the North Side sewage treatment plant, according to a Tribune article. The new research has shown the presence of pharmaceuticals...

Friendly Chemicals

A sharp graphic representation of common pharmaceuticals which pass through the water treatment system. One of the many cute information graphics on the Good magazine website....

Water on the Radio

WBEZ's 848 devoted a program today to the future of Chicago's water supply. You can listen online on the WBEZ website. A part of the program was the mini-documentary The End of the Pipe, which summarizes how Chicago's water supply...

A Thousand Straws

In today's Chicago Tribune: Wisconsin becomes the fifth state to sign the Great Lakes Compact, a further step toward setting up a legal agreement between all states and provinces bordering the Great Lakes to preserve their 20% of the world's...

Twenty percent

The other day I went to a talk in Rogers Park, part of a new series put on by the 49th Ward Green Corps. Of the three speakers, I found most interesting the talk by Debra Shore, one of the...

Source of the Chicago River

The other day I rode up to see the source of the Chicago River. The river has several branches and forks, and its natural source lies far to the north near the Wisconsin border, flowing through the Skokie Lagoons and...