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Chicago Area Wastewater to Finally Be Disinfected

September 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

By Linda Seggelke

At a glance, the reversal of the Chicago River over a hundred years ago may seem like drastic behavior. But with so much sewage, offal and industrial waste pouring into the river and, ultimately, Lake Michigan, fears of fouling the city’s water supply were very real.

Because of this, our supply of drinking water is relatively safe today. Just don’t fall into the river. According to EPA estimates, upwards of 70% of the Chicago River is comprised of the sewage that we continue to pump in.
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Reversing Course: Fixing the Chicago River

September 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

Image courtesy of Jeremy Atherton.

Long before Michael Phelps, the United States rallied around another legendary Olympic swimmer. Johnny Weissmuller—who would later gain further fame as the lead in a dozen Tarzan films—won five gold medals during the 1924 and 1928 Olympics. But in the interim between those two competitions, he did something that today seems much more incredible: he swam in the Chicago River.
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Chicago River Improvements Include New Boathouses, Pollution Controls

September 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced on Monday a plan to enhance the Chicago River’s recreational appeal. The future development would be grounded by four new boathouses, several new boat launches, expansion of riverfront trails and pollution controls of the famed waterway.
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