The Chicago river is not the cleanest river in the U.S.A. So what!? No kidding! Duh! Well, read the following:
"Although [the Chicago river] supports six million people "it is one of the only rivers in the country where undisinfected sewage is dumped directly into the river every day," says American Rivers. "Unless the Illinois Pollution Control Board requires disinfection of this wastewater, Chicago residents and visitors will face increasing health threats."
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in early May 2011 ordered the state to clean up the river."
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I don't know how that statement sounds to you but "undisinfected sewage" sounds pretty bad to me. FYI the Chicago river connects to Lake Michigan .2 miles from Ohio street beach. For sure, there are river currents and lake currents to consider but the point is that we play where we . . . well you know. Just something to think about.