NRDC Expert Blog

Climate Change Is Making the Chicago River Run Backwards


That’s the number of gallons of contaminated Chicago River water that have flowed into Lake Michigan—source of drinking water and quality of life for millions of Americans—in the last decade. The River normally flows away from the Lake, so what gives?

Protecting the Health and Safety of Our Children

The Flint water crisis, which came into the primetime spotlight this year, prompted many communities to take a harder look at the safety of their own water. In response, Chicago Public Schools began voluntarily testing for lead at all public schools throughout the city after an initial pilot testing program found several schools had elevated levels of lead in the drinking water.

Midwestern Energy: Republican Governors Champion Clean Energy in Ohio, Michigan, Iowa and Illinois

With prospects for continued climate and clean energy advances dimming inside the Beltway, states and cities are going to have to be key policy makers.