The Chicago Area Waterway System

Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium
Thursday, April 11, 2013

09:30 am-12:30 pm

Jim Montgomery, DePaul University

The Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) has been instrumental in transforming Chicago from a mudhole into a thriving commercial and cultural metropolis. The CAWS is a 130-mile network of natural and constructed rivers, canals, locks and other structures in Chicago and northwest Indiana. Constructed beginning in the 1890s, the CAWS system diverted water from Lake Michigan and created a connection across a low mid-continental divide to the Mississippi watershed. CAWS is currently faced with significant challenges in these areas, including the influx of invasive Asian carp and other Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). In this seminar we will discuss these many important benefits that CAWS provides to our region. In addition we will discuss a recent proposal to physically separate the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins in the Chicago Area Waterway System to prevent the movement of Asian carp and other AIS.

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For registration information please contact Charlotte Wolfe at wolfec@newberry.org

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