Tag Archive: Chicago River

Dec 18

Floating Urban Islands

Floating gardens in the Chicago River provide new habitat for wildlife: For many years, Chicago’s rivers have been used for transportation and commerce… Damato: “…But now they should be used for habitat and interaction.” That’s Zachary Damato of the nonprofit Urban Rivers. His group is installing man-made floating wetlands in the Chicago River. They’re essentially …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/green-infrastructure/floating-urban-islands/

Oct 29

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/going-against-the-flow/

Oct 18

Re-envisioning Our Rivers

Could a city famous for its lakefront become better known for its rivers instead? CurrentCast investigates—listen up: The “riverfront city by the lake” has a nice ring to it. And yet, Chicago’s key rivers—the Chicago, Calumet, and Des Plaines—have historically played a more utilitarian role for the Windy City, making it a center of commerce …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/green-infrastructure/re-envisioning-our-rivers/

Oct 15

Can the Chicago River Change Its Ways (Again)?

Chicago once reversed—and now may re-reverse—its river. Why? Listen up: More than a hundred years ago, pipes spewed sewage and factory waste directly into the Chicago River, which flowed into Lake Michigan, the city’s source of drinking water. Not surprisingly, waterborne diseases ran rampant. Chicago’s solution was as mind-boggling as its problem—to reverse the flow …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/water-and-the-economy/can-the-chicago-river-change-its-ways-again/