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Chicago River to be city’s “next recreational frontier”

September 19, 2011 at 02:17 PM

The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says four new boathouses will be constructed along the Chicago River in an attempt to make the waterway the city’s “next recreational frontier.” 

Emanuel is expected to give details at a news conference Monday. 

Since he took office, Emanuel has vowed to clean up the river but has stopped short of saying it would be swimmable. 

The river has long been a source of debate. Chicago is the only major U.S. city that doesn’t disinfect wastewater before discharging it. 

But earlier this summer, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago voted to disinfect wastewater dumped into the Chicago River following lawsuits and a federal order. That was a shift from the district’s position that a cleanup would be costly and lead to more drownings.

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