Chicago River on ‘most endangered’ list

Published: May 17, 2011 at 11:26 AM

CHICAGO, May 17 (UPI) — A conservation group says the daily discharge of 1.2 billion gallons of undisinfected sewage effluent into the Chicago River system threatens public health.

The American Rivers organization has placed the Chicago River, which supports more than 6 million residents regionally as it flows through the nation’s third largest city, on its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Undisinfected sewage effluent, released by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, threatens public health and the city’s environmental reputation, the organization said in a release Tuesday.

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