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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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Chicago Tribune: 5 ways Illinois can join the water-conservation game
Posted May 20, 2016

Californians for the past several years have been enduring a severe water shortage. The El Nino rainfall and improved mountain snowpack this spring offered some relief, but not enough to replenish dwindling reservoirs and groundwater basins. Mandatory usage restrictions have been enacted by California lawmakers, and several apply specifically to community associations. Among them: Associations cannot prohibit owners from installing drought-resistant landscaping, which is sometimes viewed as... Read More »
Progress IL: Experts, Environmentalists Alarmed By High Lead Levels Found In Illinois Water Supply
Posted May 13, 2016

High lead levels have been found in almost 200 Illinois public water systems at least once over the past 12 years, according to a new Chicago Tribune analysis, which has triggered increased calls for action to ensure the safety of drinking water in the state. Over 800,000 Illinoisans are served by the nearly 200 water systems, which had lead levels higher than the federal standard in at least one year between 2004 and 2015, according... Read More »
Chicago Tribune: Water testing finds high lead levels in communities across Illinois
Posted May 12, 2016

Alarmed by chronic problems with lead-contaminated water in downstate Galesburg, federal officials are urging local officials to provide bottled water or filters to residents where testing at household taps found high levels of the toxic metal. Though the small Knox County city stands out for repeatedly exceeding U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lead standards, a Tribune analysis of state data has identified about 170 other public water systems in Illinois — serving about... Read More »

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