New ChicagoWaterFun.com Offers One-Stop Source For River, Beach Info
Folks interested in enjoying the Chicago River system and the city's beaches now have a one-stop website covering ways to have safe water fun.
ChicagoWaterFun.com, launched by the non-profit Friends of the Chicago River just in time for the summer season, covers:
Where to swim
Where to fish
Where to hike
Where to canoe and paddle
Although the Chicago River system is cleaner than ever before, a number of significant water quality threats still remain. Chicago and some of its older suburbs have combined sewer systems that convey rainwater and sewage in the same pipes. Heavy rain events can overwhelm this system, flushing a mix of storm water and sewage directly into the Chicago River, and-in extreme cases-back into Lake Michigan.
One of the key features of ChicagoWaterFun.com is a safety video designed to help people enjoy area waterways, including good hygiene practices. For water quality data, ChicagoWaterFun.com links users to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and Chicago Park District sites.
ChicagoWaterFun.com allows people to sign up to be alerted when these combined sewer overflows trigger an Overflow Action Day. The public can help during heavy rain events by:
Taking shorter showers
Avoiding doing laundry
Making sure downspouts are not feeding into the storm sewer system
Check out ChicagoWaterFun.com today.