June 6, 2016

The New Alchemy

On May 25 the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) officially opened the world’s largest nutrient recovery facility at the world's largest sewage plant — the Stickney plant — in Cicero, IL. In partnership with Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies, MWRD built and will operate the facility to remove phosphorus from the wastewater stream and convert it to a slow-release fertilizer that can be sold.
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April 8, 2016

Illinois Water Day

Today is the third annual Illinois Water Day launched by students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to raise awareness about water resource issues.
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March 24, 2016

Now I Am Asking

The Cook County Board will soon consider a proposed ordinance governing the safe disposal of pharmaceuticals in Cook County. The goal of this measure is to build upon and expand an existing collection program administered by the Cook County Sheriff’s Department so that there are no “collection deserts” in Cook County and to require the producers of pharmaceutical drugs to provide financial support for the free and accessible collection of unwanted or expired pharmaceuticals for all County residents.
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March 15, 2016

Elections Matter 2.0

Because a number of people have asked, I am sharing the list of candidates I am supporting in the Democratic primary.
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February 29, 2016

Elections Matter

I am supporting the following candidates for public office in the Democratic primary on March 15.
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January 29, 2016

Could Flint's Water Crisis Happen Here?

Yes, because older homes in Chicago and Cook County may have lead pipes between the water main in the street and the faucet in the home. Even though water filtered from Lake Michigan is treated with chemicals to prevent leaching of lead from old pipes, if water is left standing for some time then some lead may leach from these pipes and show up in the water flowing from the faucet.
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