The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Sunday that it had approved the new standards, reported the Chicago Tribune. The standards were drawn up in response to a letter the agency sent in May calling for parts of the rivers to be cleaned up to allow for water recreation.
The phrase used, “recreation in and on the water,” is a legal term for activities such as swimming and canoeing, according to the article. The new standards are to apply to the North and South Branches of the Chicago River, the North Shore Channel, the Cal-Sag Channel and the Little Calumet River.
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