Our water is worth more than we think
From Lake Michigan to the Fox River, how we use our water resources—including what we conserve, how much we waste, and what we choose to invest in water quality—is up to all of us. What Our Water's Worth is an ongoing campaign led by the Metropolitan Planning Council and Openlands to raise awareness about the value of water in northeastern Illinois and northwestern Indiana.
Where does the water go?: A visit with the water level wizards at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
By Abby Crisostomo When it comes to water resources in Chicago, most people think immediately of Lake Michigan. But increasingly, the rivers, creeks, canals and channels that weave throughout the region are getting their day in the sun – from investments in the Chicago Riverwalk to community improvements along the Cal-Sag Channel to talks of re-reversing the river system to combat invasive species. A far cry from the natural streams and wetlands that existed before the city, for the past century these waterways have been a highly managed network – the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) – controlled and manipulated by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) wit… Continue »
The WOWW factor
76 miles of rivers and canals managed by MWRD along with 32 retention reservoirs
- Contact MWRD's 24 hour hotline (1-800-332-DUMP) to report a dump or spill into a sewer or into the CAWS.
- It’s not easy selling green (infrastructure)
- The Twelve Months of Water Stories
- How soon is now? The future of water reuse becomes reality at an Oak Park home
- Seizing the Rain in Blue Island
- Lurie Garden thrives in drought, pointing at-home green thumbs to native plants
- Turf’s up: Maintaining a healthy lawn during drought
- Loyola teaches lakeshore stewardship by example