Changing Its Way

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Reversing the Chicago River… on this CurrentCast.

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.

Bighead Carp

Chicago’s solution was as mindboggling as its problem - to reverse the flow of the river and dig a canal so it empties instead into the Mississippi.

The legacy of this artificial connection is a Pandora’s Box of expensive problems, including the threat of invasive Asian Carp entering the Great Lakes.

So today, many people believe it’s time to put a barrier back between the Mississippi River and Great Lakes. And that means cleaning up the water enough to re-reverse the Chicago River.  
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Further Info Links
  • Brandon Road Study. A recent USACE report on techniques to help stop inter-basin transfer. Link.

  • Read about Asian carp species.