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#2098: Building the Canal to Save Chicago IEPA#5201

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Title: Building the Canal to Save Chicago
Webinar Type: Technical Webinar
Delivered on: 11/07/12
IEPA #: 5201
RTC Hours: 1.00
Total Hours: 1.00
Presented By: Richard Lanyon, retired, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

Summary: Chicago was the fastest growing city in the late 1800s, but its location had one big disadvantage - poor drainage. Cholera and typhoid were rampant and Chicago had one of the highest mortality rates among major cities. The Chicago River was a public nuisance, polluted and smelly, and discharging to the source of water for the city, Lake Michigan. The building of a canal to reverse the flow of the Chicago River solved these problems and allowed the city to continue to grow, the mortality rate plummeted and the river became enjoyable. The building of the canal required the creation of a new government and the development of pioneering construction technology that helped in the building of the Panama Canal. The reversal of the flow in the Chicago River remains a wonder of the world and it remains critical to a sustainable future for the Chicago metropolis.

Cost: Illinois Section AWWA Members: FREE; Nonmembers: $30.00

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