The Chicago Lock separates the darker water of the Chicago River -- and the untreated sewage it carries -- from the lighter-colored water of Lake Michigan. (Credit: CBS)

Environmentalists Want Definitive End To Sewage Dumps Into Lake

Indefinite discharges of raw sewage into Lake Michigan won’t cut it for a coalition of environmental groups, which Thursday asked a federal judge to set aside a proposed consent decree.


A Utica family is having sewage problems whenever they flush the toilet. (CBS)

Utica Family Inundated With Sewage

As CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports, they say the person who’s supposed to fix it won’t.


Des Plaines River Flooding

EPA Claims Untreated Sewage Water Dumped In City Waterways

The federal and state Environment Protection agencies filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday claiming that the city’s Metropolitan Water Reclamation District discharged untreated sewage into waterways in the Chicagoland area.


Chicago River

Report: Water Reclamation Commissioners Now Back River Cleanup

Kayaking, and even swimming safely, in the Chicago River in the future may not be such a far-fetched idea after all.

CBS Chicago–06/02/2011


Gary Sanitary District Dumped Billions Of Gallons Of Sewage

The Gary Sanitary District has discharged at least 6.8 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage to the bacteria-impaired Grand Calumet River and the flood-prone Little Calumet River