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  • Exploring the Expanded Chicago Riverwalk
    August 14 2015
    From biking to dining, the three new branches of the Chicago…
  • Restore the Clean Water Act: Take Action to Prevent Water Pollution, Reduce Flooding and Protect Habitat
    July 2 2014
    Which waters are most worth protecting? The answer is fundamental…
  • Illinois Environmental Community Rejects Last Minute Fracking Bill
    May 24 2014
    Late today amendments were submitted in the Illinois General…
  • Is Illinois at risk for the next coal ash disaster?
    May 8 2014
    On Feb. 2, a storage site filled with coal ash – a…
  • IEPA pushes for rules on coal ash disposal
    March 11 2014
    Illinois coal power plants consumed more than 48 million tons of…
  • ELPC's Statement on Gov. Quinn's Clean Water Initiative
    January 29 2014
    Environmental Law & Policy Center Commends Governor…

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The State: How Illinois spends federal aid for water infrastructure
Posted Oct 02, 2015

CHICAGO  Illinois is framed and bisected by water. Bounded by the Mississippi, the Ohio, the Wabash; cut diagonally by the Illinois; dotted with lakes and blessed with a glittering 60-mile slice of Lake Michigan shoreline, it is a gateway to the biggest source of fresh water on the planet. Yet the problems that strain drinking water systems in other parts of the U.S. also threaten Illinois. Here's a closer look at the state's use of federal aid to ensure that clean water keeps... Read More »
Daily Herald: Lake Michigan coastline in Illinois, Wisconsin designated world class wetland
Posted Oct 02, 2015

Conservation officials and those from related organizations and agencies gathered on the Lake Michigan shore Friday to celebrate the designation of the Chiwaukee Prairie Illinois Beach Lake Plain as a world-class wetland. Officials from the Lake County Forest Preserve District, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Illinois and Wisconsin departments of natural resources and the Nature Conservancy were among those who gathered at North Point Marina in Winthrop Harbor for the special... Read More »
Chicago Tribune: Controversial plan aims to restore Illinois wetlands like Emiquon Preserve
Posted Sep 23, 2015

n engineers reversed the flow of the Chicago River in 1900, sending the city's sewage and related waste away from residents' Lake Michigan drinking water, the metropolis was spared a future of pestilence. But Chicago's salvation proved to be the downfall of the scenic, 273-mile Illinois River and its backwaters, once the source of 10 percent of the nation's freshwater fish. Through the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal and Des Plaines River, the Illinois received that reversed flow and so much... Read More »

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