Chicago River cleanup will cost less than predicted

By on March 5, 2012

Equipment to disinfect wastewater bound for the Chicago River system, one of the nation’s most-polluted waterways, will come at a much lower price than originally claimed by the agency responsible for the project, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune.

Chicago’s regional sewer authority had not previously treated most sewage-tainted water before dumping it into the river because officials assumed the river’s dirty reputation kept people out of the water in the first place. But a federal cleanup order and a change of leadership at the sewer authority should now lead to fewer pathogens and more recreational use of the river at a fraction of the cost once predicted by past officials who resisted the cleanup.

Read more at The Chicago Tribune

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About Jeff Gillies

Jeff Brooks-Gillies has written about science, energy and the environment for going on 10 years. He's a native Michigander who, after a stint in Colorado, lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two kids.

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