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MWRD available to help commercial, industrial partners reduce phosphorus levels in wastewater

Phosphorus is a non-renewable resource needed for life to exist. However, too much in the environment can impair water quality and harm aquatic life. To meet new phosphorus limits, the MWRD is assisting industrial users in reducing phosphorus from their waste streams while implementing plans to recover this sustainable resource at the same time. Read more here.


MWRD unveils free rain barrel distribution program

To minimize basement backups, combined sewer overflow volume, and flooding, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) is introducing a new rain barrel distribu­tion program that will offer free rain barrels to Cook County residents and organizations that meet certain qualifications. The MWRD will deliver free rain bar­rels through three distribution networks: municipali­ties; campus-type facilities; and non-government or­ganizations, planning groups, or community groups. Learn more here.


Three MWRD staff honored for life-saving effort

Three MWRD staff members facilitat­ing a civil service examination are credited with a real-world life saving effort. Environmental Specialist James Schaefer, Administrative Specialist Bernadette Cameron and Patrol Boat Operator Javier Salazar were giving a Patrol Boat Operator test along the Little Calumet River in Dolton on June 29 when the group heard shouting at the opposite end of the dock. Read more here.


MWRD to update Affirmative Action ordinance, hosts public Study Session

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) was the first area agency to institute an Affirmative Action ordinance in 1977. As the MWRD updates the current ordinance which is set to expire on Dec. 6, 2014, it is conducting a Disparity Study of its Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Program for its construction and construction-related professional service contracts to ensure that this critical program remains successful. Learn more here.


Gov. Quinn signs additional legislation to address urban flooding

MWRD President Kathleen Meany introduced Gover­nor Pat Quinn during a press conference and bill signing ceremony at the Centennial Fountain along the Chicago River on Aug. 3. MWRD Chairman of Finance Mariyana Spyropoulos, MWRD Commissioner Kari Steele, Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller, and others joined them. Read more here.

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