Chicago to the canal at Bridgeport. Meatpacking

Chicago has the most beautiful River that runs through its city but it didn’t always look that way. In recent years the city of Chicago has tried to crack down on waste that goes into the river. Last Century city officials started to reverse the flow of the river and sending it toward the Mississippi river. In the 1930s legal dispute from St. Louis and other towns led the U.S. Supreme Court to order Chicago to clean up its Water. Even today when it rains and it fills sewers and human waste still gets into the water. Industrial pollution and pours out of overflow pipes into the river. In the early 1970s the federal Clean Water Act led to another attempt to solve the region’s chronic problems with sewage dumping and flooding. As early as the 1870s, dumping of garbage and waste from industrial and commercial enterprise led to visible signs of pollution and increased concern about threats to public health. A number of wholesale lumber docks was developed along the river near its connection to the canal at Bridgeport. Meatpacking plants and stockyards used the river as a drainage system with two sewers.One of them infamously known as “Bubbly Creek”. Water from Bubbly Creek was used by the stockyards, which was used as a source of fresh water for cattle troughs. “With the decline in industrial and commercial activities associated with the river system, increased attention has been paid to its ecological and aesthetic values.” In the end of the twentieth century a project called the ” Deep Tunnel ” was to use Metropolitan Water Reclamation District which was designed to divert all stormwater runoff from the Chicago River System. The number one reason why the river is full of bacteria is because of the human waste is still being dumped in. Thunderstorms in Chicago have gotten a lot bigger recently casing the old sewers to overflow. It only takes minutes into a thunderstorm to start clearing the pipes that are filled with waste and starts to get poured into the river. After 29 hours more than 2.6 billion gallons of bacteria infested waste pours into the river. Fun fact that would cover the loop in 8 feet deep of water. Chicago is a broke city and with a lot of people moving to Indiana it may be hard for the city to get enough money to change the way human waste and flood water goes. Many cases of residents getting sick from drinking the water. The chronic sewage overflows are a major reason the amount of diseases causing bacteria, the river remains really high even though years of efforts to improve water quality. Monthly testing reveals many violations of water quality standards. Another problem that Chicago has is dying the river green, even though it’s a tradition and it should stay we are not even told what is in it. The MWRD currently still  operates seven sewage treatment plants. “Every time it rains, every time someone and the region’s 5.3 million other residents flush the toilet or wash the dishes, the combined stormwater and wastewater first passes through one of the seven treatment plants. Together, they process 1.4 billion gallons of water a day. That’s enough water to fill up the Willis Tower—the tallest skyscraper in Chicago—more than 26 times”.

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