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Re-reversing the Chicago River

A century ago, Illinois reversed the flow of the Chicago River by building the Sanitary and Ship Canal. Now environmentalists would have us fill it back in Unable to convince the Army Corps of Engineers to shut down Chicago Waterway locks to keep Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes, some environmentalists are re-energizing another,... Read more »

Should the Chicago River be swimmable?

Tribune archive photo / An early rendering of Chicago in its near-pristine state as it looked in 1832, showing Wolf point at the junction of the two branches of the Chicago River. What kind of law would require that the Chicago River be turned into some kind of water park for swimming and family fun?... Read more »

Carp Chronicles

Asian Carp (on top) The U.S.Supreme Court on Friday will consider requests to shut down locks on the Illinois Waterway to prevent the spread of Asian Carp into the Great Lakes, Crain’s reports. A decision could come then. DNA have been found of Asian Carp in the Chicago River, but still no signs of the... Read more »
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Asian carp uproar is smelling a little fishy

Wait, someone wants to crimp a world engineering marvel that made Chicago what it is because some fat, ugly carp are swimming in it? The century-old Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, the largest public works project of its time, reversed the flow of the Chicago River, cleaned up a stinking, typhoid-producing mess and, for the... Read more »
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