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Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

Chicago River Re-reversal Debate: Getting Infrastructure Ready for the Rigors of Climate Change

Henry Henderson | Posted 03.19.2013 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

The unplanned flow of contaminated water into Lake Michigan is a serious possibility. This situation is another mind-blowing signal that we have to rethink how we manage the Chicago River.

The Chicago River Is Broken

Henry Henderson | Posted 08.01.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Senators and other elected officials have joined the public outcry for cleaning up the waterway and restoring it to meet acceptable standards for public health and safety. But this is not just an icky sewer problem.

Want To Work At The Water Department? Win The Lottery First

WBEZ | Posted 07.20.2011 | Chicago

These days, the 'Chicago Machine' is actually a machine. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation Department of Greater Chicago is looking to hire a slew of...

You Can't Have a Third World River Mucking Up a World-Class City

Henry Henderson | Posted 07.19.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

For years many have fought to clean up the Chicago River. One massive obstacle has prevented real action -- the regulators responsible for the Chicago Waterways, MWRD. It is time for MWRD to get in line.

Untreated Sewage Dumped In City Waterways, Environmentalists Sue

Posted 07.04.2011 | Chicago

by Andrew Stern CHICAGO (Reuters) - Environmental groups on Tuesday sued the city of Chicago's water treatment authority, charging its sewage promo...

Windiest in the Windy City? MWRD

Henry Henderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District oversees the water infrastructure for an 800+ square mile area around Chicago. This week, a pair of stories showed the District to be the windiest folks in the Windy City.

Terrence O'Brien, Board President Candidate, Lands Millions In City Contracts

Chicago Sun-Times | TIM NOVAK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

For 21 years, Terrence J. O'Brien has been on the board of Cook County's sewage-treatment operation, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Gr...

Dam the Carp! No more dithering on invasive species

Henry Henderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

The news was very bad on Friday when state and Federal agencies admitted that tests show invasive Asian carp have evaded an electrical barrier intende...

Candidate, Former SEC Chairman Bash Water Deal that Flushed $68 Million Down the Sewer

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District got a pasting last Thursday over a botched bond deal that cost Cook County area taxpayers $68 million.

Old Stockyards Dumping Ground Bubbly Creek Still Bubbling

Chicago Journal | TIM TALIAFERRO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A chain link fence separates Bubbly Creek, a polluted backwater cul-de-sac of the Chicago River, from human contact near 35th Street and Racine Avenue...

Chicago River: From Open Sewer to Crown Jewel?

Henry Henderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

While the city and residents have embraced the river, the governmental agency responsible for the waterway continues to turn its back to the river and consider it an open sewer.

What Do We Owe the Chicago River? Disinfection

Henry Henderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

I think it is a simple answer: We owe the Chicago River $1.94. That small sum buys us, finally, disinfection of the human waste being dumped into the river and its connecting streams and waters.

Chicago's Polluted Water Killing Gulf Marine Life: Study

Chi-Town Daily News | ALEX PARKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The U.S. Geological Survey yesterday released the results of a study detailing the root causes of phosphorus and nitrogen pollution in the Gulf of Mex...

Another Blagojevich Appointment May Be Coming

Chi-Town Daily News | Jennifer Slosar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Governor Rod Blagojevich may have another appointment to make in the near future. Patricia Young resigned her seat on the Metropolitan Water Reclamat...