Sunday, March 18, 2012
Chicago and the Gulf Dead Zone: NRDC Lawsuits Address Downstream Damage
The popular legend is that Chicago’s jazz tradition arose from a migration of musicians from New Orleans up the Mississippi River in the 19th century.  It seems Chicago is now returning scat to New Orleans back down the Mississippi, but I don’t mean the vocal kind.  
The Chicago area’s sewage has been found to be the biggest single contributor to the “Dead Zone” that has emerged in the Gulf of Mexico at the mouth of the Mississippi River – an area larger than the State of Connecticut where the oxygen levels in the water are so law that it can’t support life.  The sewage contains phosphorus, a pollutant that acts like turbo-charged fertilizer fueling the growth of oxygen-depleting algae in the Dead Zone and elsewhere. - Read more in Ann Alexander’s Switchboard blog.
photo: NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory

Chicago and the Gulf Dead Zone: NRDC Lawsuits Address Downstream Damage

The popular legend is that Chicago’s jazz tradition arose from a migration of musicians from New Orleans up the Mississippi River in the 19th century.  It seems Chicago is now returning scat to New Orleans back down the Mississippi, but I don’t mean the vocal kind.  

The Chicago area’s sewage has been found to be the biggest single contributor to the “Dead Zone” that has emerged in the Gulf of Mexico at the mouth of the Mississippi River – an area larger than the State of Connecticut where the oxygen levels in the water are so law that it can’t support life.  The sewage contains phosphorus, a pollutant that acts like turbo-charged fertilizer fueling the growth of oxygen-depleting algae in the Dead Zone and elsewhere. - Read more in Ann Alexander’s Switchboard blog.

photo: NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory

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    Wow… Apparently Chicago is a shitty place to live.
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