Due to projected weather conditions for today in Chicago, as well as recent heavy rainfall and resulting waterway contamination by combined sewage overflows, the scheduled SUST community service trip to Bubbly Creek for today 5/8 is cancelled. Rest assured, though, that future service outings to Canal Origins Park and the storied shoreline will be scheduled in the future. Just watch the SUST blog for announcements of upcoming service opportunities this summer and next fall!
Meanwhile, check out this info from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District about the occurrence of Combined Sewage Overflows in Chicago’s waterways, which negatively impact water quality during rainy days — especially in Bubbly Creek’s industrialized channel. Also see this recent op-ed in the Sun-Times by Friends of the Chicago River about the need to eliminate CSOs and reduce pollution in our waterways. Finally, check out this Water Conservation Guide from Friends of the Chicago River for tips on how we as citizens can help mitigate CSOs.