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The following course information is effective for the Spring 2018 term.

CDIS 88 Draining Chicago: The Early City and the North Area

The flow of the Chicago River was turned away from Lake Michigan in 1900 and the time had come to re-direct the sewers that had been discharging directly to the lake in Lake View, Edgewater, Rogers Park, Evanston, and Wilmette, a massive undertaking. The District improved the sluggish North Branch and constructed the North Shore Channel for a new outlet for sewage. Population growth caused sewage and industrial waste to overwhelm the rivers and canals, and a network of intercepting sewers and a treatment plant was built. As the urban landscape was paved over, flooding became the new and growing problem. Deep tunnels and surface reservoirs became integral to the drainage responsibilities of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. This is the complicated, ever-changing, and surprising story of draining Chicago. (1 session)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

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