NEWS articles

Cable show shines religious light on environment

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Frank Avila examines the connection between religion and the environment on his public-access TV show.

7 years ago | Jennifer Slosar

MWRD readying report on flood control efforts

During last weekend's heavy rains, stormwater overflow was released into Lake Michigan to fight flooding. Officials will determine how much water was sent from the sewer system into Lake Michigan, and how it impacted water quality.

7 years ago | Jennifer Slosar

Park District poised to deal on Superfund site

Despite health concerns, the Park District and the federal Environmental Protection Agency are set to approve a deal that will turn a toxic site into a park.

7 years ago | Megan Cottrell

Household waste collection plan on hold at MWRD

MWRD commissioners oppose planning a permanent household hazardous waste collection facility in the northern suburbs. The district will continue its popular mobile collection program.

7 years ago | Jennifer Slosar

If you build it, they will sue

After nearly two hours of public testimony, the Park District board gave final approval to a new turf soccer field in Lincoln Park. Residents are vowing continued legal action to stop the controversial project.

7 years ago | Kartikay Mehrotra

MWRD considers study to assess energy efficiency of new technologies

Like wastewater treatment facilities around the nation, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is looking for ways to reduce energy usage in the face of soaring costs and concern about global warming.

7 years ago | Jennifer Slosar

Little Village environmental group ties clean air, transit to Olympics

The Little Village Environmental Justice Organization has been trying for years to shut down the Crawford and Fisk coal-fired energy plants in their neighborhoods. Residents say the plants cause health problems.

7 years ago | Jennifer Slosar

City Farm grows jobs, knowledge and tomatoes

A mile and a half from Chicago's tallest skyscrapers, in a neighborhood once known for crime and decay, a vacant city-owned lot yields heirloom tomatoes and some of the best local produce in town.

over 7 years ago | Mary Brophy

Exploring the Chicago River's wild side

On a sunny, breezy afternoon, 20 urban voyagers gather to canoe a four-mile stretch of the North Branch of the Chicago River and receive some basic lessons in water ecosystems.

over 7 years ago | Jennifer Slosar

MWRD: repairs on schedule at flooded pump house

Pump house station repairs are moving forward as water management officials work furiously to get pump capacity back to storm readiness in the wake of flooding and power outages that occurred Aug. 4

over 7 years ago | Jennifer Slosar

Sewage district crews working on S. Side pump station

The pump station, one of the world's largest, failed last week, flooding hundreds of basements. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District says two pumps have been replaced.

over 7 years ago | Jennifer Slosar

Park officials address artificial turf concerns

The Park District says the durability of artificial turf makes it a better choice for the Chicago’s athletic fields, despite health and environmental concerns raised by advocacy groups.

over 7 years ago | Steven Chaitman

Some city beaches among nation's worst

A report from the National Resources Defense Council shows eight of the city's beaches had bacteria levels exceeding national safety standards in a quarter or more of tested water samples.

over 7 years ago | Steven Chaitman

CTA to make more room for shared cars

A new lease agreement between the CTA and two shared car agencies aims to boost ridership and generate revenue for the public transit agency, while reducing congestion and pollution.

over 7 years ago | Jessica Pupovac

City's riverfront parks are hidden gems

While not as well-known as parks along Lake Michigan, the city's riverfront parks provide a two-mile stretch of uninterrupted green space for walkers, bicyclists and birdwatchers.

over 7 years ago | Amy Crider