Press Release: Un-Mucking Illinois’ Waterways: Court Settlement Should Reduce Algae Pollution in Rivers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contacts: Kim Knowles, Prairie Rivers Network, 217-344-2371 x209 Cindy Skrukrud, Illinois Sierra Club, 815-353-5123 Judith Nemes, ELPC, (312) 795-3706 Ivan Moreno, NRDC, 312-651-7909 Margaret Frisbie, Friends of the Chicago River, (773)316 6473 Un-Mucking Illinois’ Waterways: Court Settlement Should Reduce Algae Pollution in Rivers CHICAGO (January 19, 2017) – Environmental groups have settled long-running litigation against [...]

Environmental Groups and MWRD Agree on Plan to Clean up Chicago Waterways

Prairie Rivers Network and Partners Settle Lawsuits against Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago By Kim Knowles In a win for Chicago’s rivers, Prairie Rivers Network, Illinois Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council have reached an important settlement with MWRD in the federal lawsuit we brought against the District for violating its [...]

Prairie Rivers Network & Partners Score Legal Victory for Clean Water

Illinois Appellate Court Agrees MWRD Waste Water Permits are Illegal By Kim Knowles In a much-welcomed decision, the Illinois Appellate Court handed clean water advocates a victory by declaring that three very significant waste water permits do not comply with the Illinois Environmental Protection Act. The three permits under challenge were issued to the Metropolitan [...]

Water sale contract heavily favors Cronus Chemical, leaves District with few protections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 5, 2014 CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Urbana Champaign Sanitary District (UCSD) will vote this Thursday, March 6th on a contract for the sale of treated wastewater (“effluent”) to Cronus Chemical for use by Cronus in a fertilizer plant it may build in Tuscola, IL. Prairie Rivers Network has reviewed the contract and [...]

Press Release: 10 times too much pollution is way too much

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 28, 2014 10 TIMES TOO MUCH POLLUTION IS WAY TOO MUCH Clean Water Advocates Appeal Weak Permits for Chicagoland Treatment Plants CHICAGO (January 28, 2014) – Clean water advocates are challenging weak pollution permits awarded to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) that allow three sewage treatment plants [...]