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The annexation of 1889 made Chicago’s South Side the largest of the city’s three sewer districts. With it came such challenges as Hyde Park sewers discharging to Lake Michigan, contamination threats at the Sixty-Eighth Street water intake crib; inadequate sewers and flooding; and the public health disaster of Bubbly Creek, the West Arm of the South Fork. Implementing the mayor’s Pure Water Plan to eliminate sewers discharging to the lake involved intense cooperation. The city constructed huge intercepting sewers and a new pumping station, while the Sanitary District of Chicago contributed funding for some of the city’s work.
Addressing its own priorities, the District enlarged the capacity of the South Branch of the Chicago River, replacing obstructive bridges and widening and deepening the channel to pass enough water to keep Lake Michigan free of sewage and to provide dilution for sewage in the canals and rivers. Extending the Sanitary and Ship Canal and building the hydroelectric powerhouse at Lockport fulfilled the dream of low-cost sustainable power. The creation of what became the massive Stickney plant and sewershed eventually brought the promise of drainage relief to South and West Side residents and eliminated the daily discharge of sewage to the canals and the Des Plaines River. Finally, the Deep Tunnel project is bringing an end to the frequent discharge of sewage tainted stormwater to canals and rivers.
This is the story of draining the South and West Sides of Chicago, and western suburbs; of eliminating the stagnant, encrusted cesspool that was Bubbly Creek; and of clearing the politics of out of the District to deliver taxpayers efficient, professional, and reliable service.
West by Southwest to Stickney is the third book in this four-book series.
West by Southwest to Stickney
Publisher: Lake Claremont Press: A Chicago Joint
ISBN/Format/Price: 978-1893121-65-2, paperback, $21.95
ISBN/Format/Price: 978-1893121-46-1, Kindle ebook, $9.99
- Paperback: $21.95
- PDF ebook: $9.99
- EPUB ebook: $9.99
- Kindle/MOBI ebook: $9.99
Page Count: 422 pp.
Pub Date: April 5, 2018
Illustrations: Heavily illustrated with historic photos, maps, and tables. Click on the photo galleries link under the book cover on this page to see historic images that illustrate the book.
- CSDX39 and the History of the Sludge Express, by Richard Lanyon, Rail & Wire, Issue 255, Summer 2018
- All About Books, Interview with Dick Lanyon begins at 14.5-minute mark, Palos Heights Public Library, PHTV4, June 26, 2018
- A City Built on Sludge, South Side Weekly, May 22, 2018
- West by Southwest to Stickney Author Dick Lanyon, Interview with MWRD Commissioner Frank Avila, April 26, 2018