Category Archive: Sewage & Septic Pollution

Apr 23

Tales From the Sewer: Overflow Happens

Sorry to have to break this to you, but sewage overflows are a thing. Plug your nose, then listen up: Here’s the raw deal: Many communities have combined sewer systems (CSS) that can overflow during rainstorms—sending raw sewage into rivers and lakes. Not a pretty picture. “A lot of these older cities like Chicago, and …

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Apr 10

What Goes In Must Come Out

Drinking wastewater isn’t as far-fetched as you might think. Question is, just how much of the “waste” part can be removed at the treatment plant? Listen up: Like the old saying goes, what goes in must come out. How does that apply to our wastewater, you ask? “There are plenty of communities that get their …

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Apr 03

Going Against the Flow

Joel Brammeier Asian carp meeting

Restoring the original flow of the Chicago River could be the best way to keep invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes—listen up for the scoop: Chicago’s going against the flow…again. More than a century ago, the direction of the Chicago River was reversed to move the city’s wastewater away from Lake Michigan. The …

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Mar 06

On the Road to Cleaner Water

Quantifying the need for water restoration: When you set out on a road trip, the first thing you do is find your starting point on a map and set a destination. Watershed groups use a similar approach for restoration projects. First, they establish a starting point: how bad is the pollution and what’s causing it? …

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Feb 23

Save the Sewers, Catch Some Rain

A growing network of rain gardens . . . Learn more: A group of non-profits are mobilizing volunteers to install rain gardens in residential neighborhoods in Detroit. These specially designed gardens trap water before it can overwhelm the sewer system, and keep it from running across surfaces where it could pick up pollution and carry it …

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