Category Archives: Water Stories

Stories about people like you, who use and value our region’s water supply

Turf’s up: Maintaining a healthy lawn during drought

By Matt Nichols When Skokie resident Rachel Rosenberg was pregnant with her first child, she had an epiphany: The chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides she was spraying on her lawn not only were environmentally unsustainable, but also potentially dangerous to … Continue reading

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Loyola teaches lakeshore stewardship by example

By Abby Crisostomo When administrators at Loyola University Chicago set out to plan for the school’s future through a campus-wide master planning process, they identified the university’s environmental impact—both from the people comprising its community and the buildings within its … Continue reading

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Programs in Chicago and the suburbs help property owners save water, energy, money and the environment

By Abby Crisostomo and Erin McMillan Too often, heavy rains conjure flooded basements, murky pools of water mucking up neighborhood streets, damaged property – and hefty price tags for residents, business owners, and municipalities that have to clean up the … Continue reading

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Coca-Cola saving water, energy through corporate sustainability strategies

By José Ilarraza-Boyed For more than 125 years, Coca-Cola has been “refreshing the world” with its products, some 3,500 beverages, including its namesake soda as well as more unique offerings such as Andina Juice distributed in Chile and Burn energy … Continue reading

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Students take first step toward better stormwater management in Logan Square

By Erin McMillan On St. Patrick’s Day – always an eventful holiday in the Chicago area, but one made even more celebratory this year by falling on a Saturday during a rare March heat wave – a group of high … Continue reading

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Reverse auction in Valparaiso, Ind. helps reduce neighborhood flooding

By Kara Riggio Name your price. That’s what Duane and Frieda Davison did to have a rain garden constructed at their Valparaiso, Ind., home last fall. The Davisons, along with 56 other families in the Memorial neighborhood, participated in the … Continue reading

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Chicago produce distributor goes bananas saving water

By Tina Seaman, photos by Emily Cikanek. As Testa Produce, Inc., a family-run, Chicago-based wholesale food distributer, celebrates its centennial, President Peter Testa and company are equally proud of the company’s latest accomplishment: receiving the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum … Continue reading

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From gray to green: Investing in sustainable infrastructure

By Mandy Burrell Booth, photos by Emily Cikanek The Ryerson Woods Welcome Center not only greets visitors to the 500-acre Ryerson Conservation Area in unincorporated Lake County – one of the best examples of a northern flatwoods forest, a rare … Continue reading

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Good riddance, radium: Ion-exchange provides clean water in Lake Zurich, Ill.

Story by Marie Donahue, Photos by Emily Cikanek When one reads “radioactive material” and “groundwater” in the same sentence, it is easy to get a little nervous. Yet many people don’t realize that trace levels of radioactive materials, or “radionuclides,” … Continue reading

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Planning well into the future

by Marie Donahue, MPC Research Assistant John Dillon knows when something is going down … especially when that something is groundwater levels. “The water level here in Batavia has dropped about 200 feet in the last 30 years. We cannot … Continue reading

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