An excellent "in depth" story about disinfecting the Chicago Area Waterway System is at:
My report on the Illinois Pollution Control Board public hearing last Monday and testimony at:
And what would disinfecting the Chicago Area Waterways System cost?
Here's a little arithmetic . . .
Richard Lanyon, General Superintendent of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, states that disinfecting the MWRDGC's sewage treatment plant's effluent into the Chicago River Waterway System will cost the MWRDGC $541 million over the next 20 to 30 years.
Using the most conservative arithmetic here's what I estimate it would cost per taxpayer per year . . .
Assuming the cost is spread over... 20 years and would be paid by 2,000,000 taxpayers...
$541,000,000 / 20 = $27,050,000 per year
$27,050,000 divided by 2,000,000 = $13.53 per taxpayer per year or $0.037 per day
To be even more conservative let's divide the cost among 1,000,000 taxpayers. Then, the yearly cost would be $27.06 per year or about $0.075 cents per taxpayer per day.
Would you pay less than 8 cents per day to have a Chicago River system that was safe, clean, fishable and swimmable?
Do you think that if it was safe to have public swimming beaches along Chicago River that the cost would be returned several times over by higher riverside property values and a greatly enhanced quality of life for Chicago & Cook County residents, recreational users and aquatic species?
It's not too late to let the Illinois Pollution Control Board know if you think it's worth the cost.
Or, as I believe, cost is not a valid issue in this matter.
My mother taught me to clean up after myself and not to leave a mess behind for others to clean up. It's not much more complicated than that.
President Illinois Paddling Council