E&E News’ ClimateWire Digs into Chicago Stormwater Issues
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
For an in-depth piece looking at the impact heavy rains have had on Chicago’s sewer system — and the resulting release of polluted wastewater into the Chicago River and Lake Michigan — Daniel Cusick spoke with the Environmental Law & Policy Center’s Jessica Dexter.
“Dexter and other critics say there’s no reason to spend another 17 years digging reservoirs when Chicago’s stormwater management challenges are growing more daunting by the year. If [the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP)] is to be the first line of defense against sewer overflows, the argument goes, it should be deployed much faster.
‘We need to finish what we started in 1972, and do it as quickly as we can,’ Dexter said.”
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