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Now streaming: real-time quality of the Chicago River

Now streaming: real-time quality of the Chicago River

February 25, 2019

Nature lovers and others enjoying the Chicago River this spring will be able to use their cell phones to tell how clean — or dirty — the water is under a new program designed to access data on what s...

Shelters heat up while Chicago cools down

Shelters heat up while Chicago cools down

February 19, 2018

After cold spells and heavy snowfall, Chicagoans bundled up and headed indoors to avoid the winter freeze, but not everyone had a warm place to call home.Chicago experienced nine straight days of snow F...

Asian carp threat inspires federal report

By Metro Editor

February 10, 2014

The asian carp, Lake Michigan’s least welcome visitor, could soon face an upstream battle as the federal government and environmentalists explore solutions to decrease their destructive presence in the Great Lakes, where they jeopardize the water system and other species.With authorization from Congress, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study on Jan. 6, outlining e...

Alleged hazing prompts lawsuit, investigation

By Contributing Writer

November 26, 2012

by Doug Pitorak & Liz Earl, Contributing WriterA 14-year-old boy at Maine West High School in Des Plaines, Ill., was allegedly sexually assaulted by his soccer teammates Sept. 27 in a hazing incident, according to a lawsuit filed by his parents Nov. 19 on his behalf.The boy’s mother, who asked to remain anonymous, held a press conference Nov. 19 with her lawyer to announce the complaint.The lawsuit claims the victim, a f...

Reclaiming Chicago’s Water: Officials plan water treatment plant improvements

By Chris Loeber

April 22, 2012

Built around a river that was once solely a means of industrial development and transportation, the city is taking steps to improve the quality of its waterways as officials hope to make them attractive for recreational use.The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago plans to install new technology at two local water treatment plants that will lead to cleaner waterways, including the Chicago River, by 2015...

System out of murky waters

By Vanessa Morton

November 14, 2011

Cleanup is underway for parts of the Chicago River and connected waterways after years of research and recommendations from federal officials and environmental agencies.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Nov. 6 its decision to approve new water standards for five segments of the Chicago and Calumet rivers. They were created after the EPA sent a letter to the state in May, demanding that parts of the rivers...

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