Sewer Work Advisory for Chicago and Suburb

Feb 25

Sewer Work Advisory for Chicago and Suburb

An extensive infrastructure project on Elgin’s northeast side will rehab streets that are deteriorating, such as part of Plum Street.  Plum, St. John and adjacent side streets were largely developed in the late 1800s, with the sewer and water mains most likely dating back to the 1920s – 1940s.  Tasks that are being renovated include replacing curb and...

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The Tunnel Story Named TARP

Jan 27

The Tunnel Story Named TARP

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s (MWRD’s) Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP), also known as “Deep Tunnel,” is a series of deep, large diameter tunnels and vast reservoirs. The main goals of TARP are to reduce flooding and to improve water quality in nearby rivers and streams.  In the 1800s, when raw sewage in the Chicago River...

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Chicago is #1 for Green Rooftops & Alleyways

Jan 08

Chicago is #1 for Green Rooftops & Alleyways

Chicago is already home to the highest number of green rooftops of any city in the world, including Chicago’s City Hall Rooftop Garden. The city has embarked on yet another project- the Green Alley Program. This project is designed to improve the existing alleyways in a sustainable way. The city contains one of the most extensive networks of alleyways in the world,...

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Chicago’s Basement Flooding Management for Residents

Dec 15

Chicago’s Basement Flooding Management for Residents

The City of Chicago is working hard to improve its aging infrastructure, but there are 4,400 miles of sewer main in Chicago and the key is to keep as much water out of the sewer as possible during the heaviest rains. Sewer mains fill up, and additional water pushes into basements through private drains. The Basement Flooding Partnership is a new partnership between...

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Chicago’s Forest Preserve Opens New Trail

Dec 01

Chicago’s Forest Preserve Opens New Trail

There is a new trail in town and it’s called the Cal-Sag. The 26-mile Cal-Sag extends along the Calumet-Saganashkee Channel and Little Calumet River from Illinois Route 83 near Lemont to the Burnham Greenway near the Indiana border. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) recently began the process of expanding the channel.  Officials...

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