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New fund aims to improve Chicago, Calumet rivers

MWRD green-lights contracts for Chicago River disinfection

Plans to disinfect the Chicago River are moving forward after the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Board of Commissioners signed off Thursday on a pair of contracts with companies that will install disinfection facilities for portions of the river system.

Scientists testing Lake Michigan for microplastic pollution

Federal court to shape future of Chicago-area flood prevention

A federal judge is expected to rule by the end of this year on an agreement that governs how the Chicago area intends to prevent flooding and contaminated water, which has lately wreaked havoc on both Chicagoland properties and local waterways.

Plastic beads are the latest pollution threat to Great Lakes

Durbin blasts House cuts in Great Lakes spending

After tedious trip, giant magnet reaches Fermilab

Public meetings to flesh out sprawling MWRD stormwater legislation

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District will hold four public meetings over a two-week span to solicit feedback on the agency’s 159-page Cook County Watershed Management Ordinance, legislation that has been six years in the making.

U.S. Rep Foster loses fight to protect Fermi, Argonne labs from funding cuts

Illinois wind farms to provide more electricity to consumers

Illinois wind farms will provide five percent of the electricity supplied through Chicago’s municipal aggregation program with Integrys Energy Services, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday.

In a mayoral press release, Emanuel said his administration negotiated with energy suppliers to come up with the deal, which doubles the amount of wind energy the city’s residents and businesses received through ComEd.

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