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Objections lead Army Corps to drop plans for Didier Farms

Forest Preserve District and U of I partner for preserve restoration plan

The Cook County Forest Preserve District Board of Commissioners on Tuesday passed an intergovernmental agreement with the Prairie Research Institute of the University of Illinois for the development of a Natural and Cultural Resources Management Plan.

According to Arnold Randall, superintendent of the Cook County Forest Preserve District, the district will use “scientists and professionals who are in the environmental [and] ecological world to help us assess our ecological value and … help us to create an overarching plan for restoration.”

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Horner Park restoration opponents make last-ditch effort to derail project

Water District completing excavation of Thornton Reservoir to prevent flooding

As part of its ongoing effort to protect Cook County homes and businesses from flood damage and keep the region’s waterways free of raw sewage, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District announced it is close to completing excavation efforts on the second of three planned reservoirs under its Tunnel and Reservoir Plan.

Water district sees 3-year drop in rain barrel sales

Despite low prices and rebate opportunities, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago has seen a marked decline in rain barrel sales over the past three years.

Used to collect and reuse rainwater from rooftops, the MWRD’s repurposed, 55-gallon plastic barrels go for $58 per unit, plus tax (prices for barrels bought commercially can range from $70 to $500). The district has been selling the barrels since 2009. The price includes home delivery and an installation kit.

State collecting hazardous educational waste

IIT, Argonne get $3.4M grant to improve electric-car battery

$28M in federal flood aid designated for Chicago area

Plans move forward for Albany Park flood-control project

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago will chip in half of the money needed to build a tunnel designed to prevent flooding in the city’s Albany Park neighborhood.

The water district’s Board of Commissioners green-lighted Thursday a $24.7 million payment to the City of Chicago for the design and construction of the underground diversion tunnel. The city will match the MWRD’s contribution for the construction of the tunnel.

New fund aims to improve Chicago, Calumet rivers

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