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July 11, 2010

Chicago River Wrap-Up

Chicago River

Chicagoist provides a concise summary of how plans to stop the Asian Carp are tied to the future of the Chicago River.

Also, an excellent two-part article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel which tells the history of the Chicago River, its current degraded state and how the river is still connected to the growth of the region.

Chicago and Milwaukee have thrown insults at each other in the past over each city's stewardship of Lake Michigan. Politicians in Chicago blame Milwaukee for beach closures whenever a storm overflows Milwaukee's sewer system into the lake. In civilized Illinois, the implication is, we don't dump sewage back into the same lake where we get our drinking water. But as the Journal Sentinel article shows, Chicago's ability to drain its waste away from the city, out of sight, has allowed it to dump far more untreated sewage into the environment than Milwaukee ever does, by sending it all downstream and out of mind.

July 13, 2010

Send those fish back

Governor Pat Quinn announced a deal today to export up to 30 million pounds of Asian Carp to China. A fish processing plant in downstate Pearl, IL will be expanded using $2 million of state funds.

July 28, 2010

Plastic Across the Pacific

The Plastiki, a catamaran made from recycled plastic bottles, has finally arrived in Sydney, Australia after 130 days sailing from San Francisco. The boat will be open for tours for the next several weeks, and you can read about the adventure on the Plastiki blog:


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