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Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Of Greater Chicago

Officials witness 'last blast' at Thornton Quarry

Officials witness 'last blast' at Thornton Quarry

THORNTON | A portion of the Thornton Quarry that has provided tons of limestone that was used to build structures and infrastructure across the region will soon become a reservoir to help protect the area from floods.

September 23, 2013 6:30 pm Video Photos

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'Last Blast' at the Thornton Quarry

'Last Blast' at the Thornton Quarry

A final blast at the Thornton Quarry on Monday removed the last 36,000 tons of rock from the quarry. Once excavation is complete, work connecting tunnels and final construction will begin to turn it into a reservoir for 7.9 billion gallons of flood water by 2015.

September 23, 2013 3:14 pm
Officials witness 'last blast' at Thornton Quarry

Officials witness 'last blast' at Thornton Quarry

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Board of Commissioners President Kathleen Therese Meany speaks Monday as local dignitaries celebrate the last blast at the Thornton Quarry, marking the end of major excavation and beginning of final construction at the Thornton Composite Reservoir.

September 23, 2013 3:15 pm
'Last Blast' at the Thornton Quarry

'Last Blast' at the Thornton Quarry

A final blast at the Thornton Quarry in September removed the last 36,000 tons of rock from the quarry. Once excavation is complete, work connecting tunnels and final construction will begin to turn it into a reservoir for 7.9 billion gallons of flood water by 2015.

September 23, 2013 3:14 pm

Thornton Reservoir completion expected in less than 3 years

CHICAGO | In 1998, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago executed an agreement with the owner of the Thornton quarry to mine the north lobe of the quarry for use as an important component of the district's Tunnel and Reservoir Plan, or TARP.

July 16, 2013 4:12 pm

Wastewater treatment plant serving SE Side, south suburbs receives engineering award

CHICAGO | The oldest wastewater treatment facility in the metropolitan Chicago area, at 400 E. 130th St. in the Golden Gate neighborhood, underwent an overhaul and recently received an award for merit from the American Council of Engineering Companies/Illinois, according to a news release fr…

February 06, 2013 12:00 am

Water district unsure whether to support proposal to prevent Asian carp influx

LANSING | Officials with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago haven't decided whether to support cutting off the Chicago River in an effort to prevent the possible encroachment of Asian carp into the Great Lakes.

April 22, 2012 11:20 pm

Cal City, Lansing work to clear Little Cal

CALUMET CITY | Calumet City and Lansing officials are cooperating with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to ensure that the Little Calumet River, which forms the border between the two suburbs, is clear of trees and other potential blockages.

August 31, 2011 8:00 pm
Explosion at Deep Tunnel rocks South Holland

Explosion at Deep Tunnel rocks South Holland

SOUTH HOLLAND | An explosion near the Deep Tunnel flood relief project rocked portions of the village early Tuesday.

June 14, 2011 7:30 pm

U.S. EPA to Illinois: Clean up Little Cal, Chicago River

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is telling Illinois to improve water quality standards for portions of the Little Calumet River and other waterways for the health and safety of recreational users.

May 12, 2011 7:13 am

Meeting to focus on proposed firing range site

CHICAGO | A public meeting will be held today to discuss a land deal that would allow the Chicago Police Department to build a firearms shooting range on the Southeast Side.

October 29, 2010 12:00 am
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