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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 End of An Era: MWRD Votes to Disinfect Chicago River

Jack Darin | Posted 08.07.2011 | Chicago
Jack Darin

Today's vote by the MWRD Board of Commissioners means that soon Chicagoans can fully enjoy the Chicago River without worrying about getting sick.

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.

Where I Stand on Cleaning Up the Chicago River

Debra Shore | Posted 07.18.2011 | Chicago
Debra Shore

Dumping effluent that contains very high levels of bacteria and other pathogens into the Chicago and Calumet Rivers is not exactly best practice in wastewater treatment. It is clear that we can do better.

EPA: Chicago River Must Be Clean Enough For Swimming

Posted 07.13.2011 | Chicago

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued an order on Thursday that has been long suggested and long resisted: the city of Chicago must make the...

Re-Envisioning the Chicago River: Carp and Courts Update Our Thinking

Henry Henderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

We could be on the verge of significant action regarding the Chicago River. And, what do we have to thank for that, besides decades of hard work from lots of folks? Carp and courts.

Cleaning the Chicago River: Time for MWRD to Get on Board

Henry Henderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

The EPA has discreetly, but effectively, made their wishes for a waterway that fulfills the requirements of the Clean Water Act known in the form of a letter submitted to the Illinois Pollution Board.

Obama Administration: Chicago River Should Be Safe For Swimming

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In a significant policy shift, the Obama administration is calling for a once-unfathomable idea: The Chicago River, an erstwhile prairie stream engine...

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.

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...

Smelling Fishy: My Virtual Asian Carp "Interview" With the Trib's Dennis Byrne

Henry Henderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

I am surprised that a business-savvy guy like Dennis Byrne would pretend that he doesn't understand why we need to meet an imminent threat to the multi-billion dollar fishing industry.

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.

A Day Without Water?

Debra Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Debra Shore

Our dependence on water links us with much of the rest of creation. So why are we so cavalier about the single element upon which our lives utterly depend?

Governor Quinn Should Appoint Laurene von Klan to MWRD Vacancy

Jimmy Seidita | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jimmy Seidita

The MWRD is a little known entity, but it controls an annual budget of $1.6 billion and operates the largest wastewater treatment plant in the world.

River Reversal: Chicago's Special Anniversary

Debra Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Debra Shore

For Chicago and our region to have a robust economy - and a healthy ecology - for the 21st century, we will be asked to embrace a new paradigm, that of stewardship.

Storm of the Century

Debra Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Debra Shore

Why was there so much flooding in streets and homes this weekend? Simply put, the water had nowhere else to go.