Civil Engineering and the Chicago Ship Canal

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    The Chicago Ship Canal is a major feat of civil engineering, and has been controversial and problematic since the beginning. Pollution from an ever-growing human population, the added demand for increased ship and barge traffic, and the introduction of Asian carp into the waterway in the 1970s have posed increased challenges and new threats both upstream and downstream. In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill outlines the present situation and the expensive, multi-year plan to restore a natural barrier that was destroyed more than 100 years ago.

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Episode Resources
< Closing the Chicago Canal is Still the Best Option for the Great Lakes [Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel]
< Asian Carp Discovered Near Lake MIchigan [Chicago Tribune, June 2017]
< Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal / US Army Corps of Engineers