The following was co-authored by Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL,7) and Environment Illinois' Brittany King.
Clean water is the cornerstone of life. We need it for drinking, bathing, eating, playing, brewing, and everything in-between. Unfortunately, Illinois' waterways are in jeopardy now more than ever. From toxic chemicals to combined sewage overflows to factory farm runoff, there is currently more haunting our waters than there is to be thankful for.
As rain returns to Chicago we are faced with the prospect of more and more combined sewage overflows as our water systems are overwhelmed, releasing contaminated water into Lake Michigan. Since 2014, over 20 billion gallons of contaminated water have been released into Lake Michigan. What's even scarier is that 5 million people rely on Lake Michigan for clean drinking water every day.
It's not just Lake Michigan facing threats, however; waterways throughout Illinois are all facing a variety of pollution problems. In fact, these problems plague waterways nationwide.
The public can weigh in on a draft water discharge permit for the proposed "Bulldog Mine" in eastern Illinois during a Wednesday evening hearing hosted by the state's Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).
A rule designed to clarify which streams, wetlands and other U.S. waters are subject to protections under the Clean Water Act was finalized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday.
The Illinois Pollution Control Board (IPCB) has allowed a lawsuit against NRG Energy over groundwater issues to be expanded in light of newly-discovered coal ash ponds near the company's active coal-fired power plants in Illinois.