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Posts Tagged ‘MWRD’
  • Property Owners May Sue When Government’s Actions Temporarily Floods Property

    Posted by on July 11, 2016
    The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled, in Hampton v. Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, that property owners may recover compensation under the Illinois Takings Clause when government action results in temporary flooding of their properties.  The Plaintiffs sued the MWRD, which is responsible for stormwater management, alleging that their properties were flooded and their...
  • Morning Illinois Environmental Law News Update: 7/25/13

    Posted by on July 25, 2013
    * An updated, $50 million blueprint for keeping bighead and silver carp from reaching the Great Lakes calls for a new section to be added to the electric fish barrier in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, construction of a mobile electric device that can be dragged behind a boat to herd fish away from places where they do not belong, and rebuilding a ditch berm to support a chain-link fence ...
  • Illinois Environmental News Update

    Posted by on December 27, 2011
    Here's your Illinois environmental news update for this morning from across the internet: (1) Newly constructed pump at the Groot Industries Inc. yard in Round Lake Park dispenses compressed natural gas, which company officials say will offer a better long-term alternative for powering its fleet of waste disposal trucks.  It is also projected to eventually be the first large-scale plant acces...
  • Illinois Environmental News Update

    Posted by on December 15, 2011
    Here's your Illinois environmental news update for this morning from across the internet: (1) Settlement of lawsuit against Metropolitan Water Reclamation District formalizes deadlines to finish sections of the Deep Tunnel, but the entire system will not be completed until 2029.
  • U.S. EPA Approves Tougher Standards for Portions of Chicago Waterways

    Posted by on November 8, 2011
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently approved water quality standards set by the Illinois Pollution Control Board for certain portions of Chicago-area waterways.  The new standards establish recreational use designations for the Chicago Area Waterway System ("CAWS") and the Lower Des Plaines River ("LDPR"). EPA approved the Board's adoption of four categories of recreationa...
  • Chicago Area Waterway System Water Quality Standards Update

    Posted by on June 1, 2011
    6/7/11 Update:  On an 8-1 vote, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District's elected board endorsed a new policy that backs more stringent water quality standards for the Chicago Area Waterway system.  (Click here for the Chicago Tribune article.) (more…)...
  • USEPA Determines That Water Quality Standards for Chicago Area Waterway System Are Inadequate

    Posted by on May 13, 2011
    In a letter dated May 11, 2011, the United States Environmental Protection Agency informed the Illinois EPA that Illinois' water quality standards for certain portions of the Chicago Area Waterway System ("CAWS") are inadequate.  This was first reported by the Chicago Tribune in a front-page story. Illinois last evaluated water quality standards for the CAWS in 1985.  The USEPA letter states...

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